Well, it's a tie actually. The final tallies are in and 2010 is even with 2005 as the warmest year on record. NASA and NOAA independently released their own reports yesterday, confirming the improbable and remarkable statistical tie. NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies explains:
The two years differed by less than 0.018 degrees Fahrenheit. The difference is smaller than the uncertainty in comparing the temperatures of recent years, putting them into a statistical tie.
Believe it or not, the 2010 hurricane season was actually a doozy. There may not have been that many big, newsworthy storms that struck land, but 2010 tied for the third most active hurricane season in recorded history, and it was little more than a fluke that there wasn't more damage or threat on land.