The incoming data from NASA reveals that 2009 was the hottest year on record in South America, and tied for second-hottest for the world. This comes courtesy of Science Magazine, and was deftly examined, as always, by Climate Progress.
Also, nonwithstanding the January freeze across parts of the Northern Hemisphere*, 2010 is widely expected to break the record for warmest global temperature, thanks to a moderate-to-strong El Nino in the Pacific Ocean.
*Oh, and about that cold snap that "proves" global warming is a hoax...it's funny. The cold snap in Minnesota has ended a while ago. We're back to mid-30s, which is 20 degrees above normal. Oops.