Does winter's bite feel exceptionally sharp this year? Has the Polar Vortex sucked all memories of summer from your mind? Lost track of winter storm names? It may come as a surprise then to learn that 2013 was one of the warmest years globally since 1880 (either seventh or ninth, depending on the data set used*). In fact, the ten warmest years on record have all occurred since the millennium (with the exception of 1998) with 2005 and 2010 tied for the warmest.
This news comes from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, who released the findings today.
GALLERY: Unexpected Victims of Climate Change
It might be hard to believe for many Americans who've spent the last few weeks on snow shovel duty, but global warming is very much alive and well (despite what some rabid deniers may have recently claimed.) And even though 2013 may only have been the 42nd warmest year on record for the U.S., other places - like Australia - experienced their hottest year ever.
"Long-term trends in surface temperatures are unusual and 2013 adds to the evidence for ongoing climate change," GISS climatologist Gavin Schmidt said. "While one year or one season can be affected by random weather events, this analysis shows the necessity for continued, long-term monitoring."