The two major satellite-based estimates of lower-troposphere temperature, from RSS and UAH, have published their December values to complete the year 2010. In both cases the annual average for 2010 ended up a close 2nd to 1998. Some eagerly anticipate the imminent GISS value for surface temperature for December, to complete 2010, as many expect the GISS annual average for 2010 to set a new record high. But we don’t need December’s value from GISS to continue our comparison between different temperature data sets.
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