2007 Among the warmest years on record|
Updated: 12/13/2007 12:45 PM
2007 is the USA's 8th-warmest year since records began in
1895. More than 2,500 daily record high temperatures were set
WASHINGTON (AP) — 2007 is shaping up to be one of
the warmest years on record.
The annual temperature for 2007 across the contiguous
USA is expected to be near 54.3 degrees — making the year the 8th-warmest
since records were first begun in 1895, according to preliminary data from
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic
Worldwide, temperatures were also in record
territory. The global surface temperature for 2007 is on pace to be the
fifth-warmest since those records were first started in 1880, the report
Including 2007, seven of the eight warmest years on
record have occurred since 2001 and the 10 warmest years have all occurred
A separate temperature data set released this week by
NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies indicates that so far, 2007 is
the second-warmest year on record, behind only 2005.
In the USA, the NOAA data reports that the months of
March and August were the second warmest in more than 100 years. Only
February and April were cooler than average.
The past year was particularly rough in the Southeast
and West, which experienced serious drought conditions. More than
three-quarters of the Southeast was in drought from midsummer into
December, the report said.
NOAA will update its data in early January to reflect
the last few weeks of December.
Contributing: Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
Original article: USA Today - Weather
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