State of the climate in 2010

The primary goal of the annual State of the Climate collection of articles is to document the weather and climate events of the most recent calendar year and put them into accurate historical perspective, with a particular focus on unusual or anomalous events.  This report states that year 2010 was notable for its globally-averaged warmth and for the far-reaching impacts related to significant behavior of several modes of climate variability. These modes have unique influences and impacts throughout the climate system. Indeed, each chapter in this document contains special mention of El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO), or the various hemispheric indices such as the Arctic Oscillation or Southern Annular Mode.


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