2006 was China’s warmest year since 1951

Packed with an unusually high number of natural disasters, 2006 was China's warmest year since 1951, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing global warming as the culprit.
During the year, said Dong Wenjie, director of the Beijing Climate Centre, there was less rain than normal, higher temperatures and a series of typhoons and other storms, followed by drought.
"Typhoons, floods and droughts claimed 2,704 lives and inflicted economic losses of 212 billion yuan (US$27 billion) in 2006, second only to 1998 when an extremely severe flood swept the country," Xinhua said, quoting the annual report of the China Meteorological Administration .