1997 was century's hottest year


  • Randy Showstack


1997 was the warmest year of this century, based on land and ocean surface temperature data, according to a team of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

The record-breaking warm conditions of 1997 continue a pattern of very warm global temperatures, the team says. Including 1997, the 10 warmest years over land all have occurred since 1981, with the five warmest years occurring since 1990.