The NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies data has January-June 2007 just edging out the same period in 1998 for the record. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported today that 2007 has been “the second warmest on record for January-June year-to-date period,” missing 1998 by only 0.01°C. Either way, it is hot!
Other factoids from the NCDC data:
- For the January-June period, the global surface temperature over land ranked warmest on record, beating 2002 by 0.10°C.
- Much of the West and the South suffered from extreme drought conditions brought about by months of below average precipitation. It was the second driest January-June and driest April-June on record in the Southeast. By the end of June, 65 percent of the region was in drought.
Don’t worry Denyers–I wouldn’t dare attribute this extreme weather to human-caused climate change. No, let’s just say, if we don’t take action soon, this weather won’t be extreme for very long–it’ll just be the norm.