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Cold Comfort: 2013 Was Fourth Warmest on Record Worldwide

Report shows much of midwest and Illinois, however, saw average to cooler than average temperatures last year.
WTVO/WQRF-TV:  It may be hard to believe at the moment as wind chills outside dip below -30F, but 2013 was the fourth warmest year on record according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, or NOAA.  The government agency which monitors weather worldwide says this marks the 37th consecutive year that annual global temperatures were above average.  The 10 warmest annual average temperatures recorded since record keeping began in 1880 have all occured within the last 15 years, compelling proof the world is indeed getting warmer.

You could be forgiven if you didn't notice, however.  While significant parts of Asia and Australia saw record warming, the U.S. saw mostly average temperatures, with parts of the midwest including much of Illinois actually cooler than average for the year, a situation which has persisted into 2014.  The Stateline area is experiencing its 8th coolest winter on record to date according to the First Warn Weather Team.

For more on NOAA's findings, click on the link below:

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2013/13
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