2005 is hottest year on record, and 2006 weather is wacked

We know you’ve been waiting with bated breath to hear the outcome of the competition between 1998 and 2005 for hottest year on record, and NASA’s results are in: 2005 wins! 1998 had El Nino, but 2005 had a remarkably warm Arctic. Congratulations, 2005, on your Highest Annual Global Average Surface Temperature Award! The top five hottest years on record have all occurred in the last decade, but that’s probably just a coincidence. In related news, Edmonton, Alberta — that’s in Canada — is forecasted to reach a balmy 50 degrees today, breaking a 72-year-old record. What if their igloos melt? Meanwhile, over in Europe, a vicious cold wave continues to cause penguins at zoos to be moved indoors, elephants to be fed vodka, and, oh yeah, people to die. Perhaps Europeans would do well to move to the Arctic.