Calendar year 2008 was the coolest year since 2000, according to the Goddard Institute for Space Studies analysis of surface air temperature measurements. In their analysis, 2008 is the ninth warmest year in the period of instrumental measurements, which extends back to 1880.
According to the report, the ten warmest years all occur within the 12-year period 1997-2008. The two-standard-deviation (95% confidence) uncertainty in comparing recent years is estimated as 0.05°C, so the report concluded that 2008 was somewhere within the range from 7th to 10th warmest year in the record.
All good news to me. While I do get upset with the level of pollution on our planet and in the atmosphere, I just can’t get too worked up over global warming—I see it as a natural phase the planet goes through from time to time. I look forward to really mild Canadian winters and the North West Passage being used year round.
Thirty thousand years ago the world was in an Ice Age and 30,000 years from now this area will probably be back in an Ice Age and covered by three miles of ice. That’s the way of the world.