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NOAA: 2013 Tied For 4th Warmest Year On Record

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you thought 2013 was warmer than average, it turns out you were right. 2013 tied for the fourth warmest year globally since records began in 1880, according to new data from NOAA.

The annual global combined land and sea surface temperature was 1.12 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 57 degrees. It was the 37th consecutive year that the yearly global temperature was above average.

Including 2013, nine of the 10 warmest years in the 134-year period of record have occurred in the 21st century.

NOAA said the 2013 global land surface temperature was 1.78 degrees above the 20th century average of 47.3 degrees. That made 2013 the fourth highest land surface temperature on record. The sea surface temperature was 0.86 degrees above the average from the last century.

The U.S. saw the coolest spring since 1996 last year, but Canada’s summer was the eighth highest on record and Alaska saw the sixth warmest last three months of the year since 1880.

The NOAA report doesn’t say what has been causing the temperature anomalies over the last 13 years to be the warmest on record.

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