2007 Among the warmest years on record
Updated: 12/13/2007 12:45 PM
So far, 2007 is the USA's 8th-warmest year since records began in 1895. More than 2,500 daily record high temperatures were set in August.  
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So far, 2007 is the USA's 8th-warmest year since records began in 1895. More than 2,500 daily record high temperatures were set in August.
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 Data Center.

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 said.

Including 2007, seven of the eight warmest years on record have occurred since 2001 and the 10 warmest years have all occurred since 1997.

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


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