May 2003 new global land high temperature record (1880-2002)
- NCDC's global average land temperature was the highest of record last
month (May averages, 1880 to current).
"Globally averaged land temperatures were warmest on record, 0.96�C
(1.73�F) above the long-term mean."
There are no urban heat island areas on or near Greenland.
" By the end of the 2002 season, the total area of surface
melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet had broken all known
records. That same summer, Mark Serreze and his
colleagues at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in
Boulder, Colorado, began noticing unusually low levels of
sea ice in the Arctic, based on remote sensing data. �I
was really surprised by the change,� Serreze said. �By the
end of the summer, sea ice levels in the Arctic were the
lowest in decades and possibly the lowest in several
centuries.� ... "
07 May 2003
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