’17’s first half second-warmest logged
WASHINGTON — The first half of 2017 was the second warmest on record for Earth, only behind last year.
On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that Earth’s average temperature from January to June was 57.9 degrees. That’s 1.6 degrees warmer than the 20th-century average.
Natural El Nino weather conditions can cause spikes global temperatures. The term El Nino refers to a large-scale flow of warm surface water across the central and east-central equatorial Pacific that can disrupt weather patterns.
Administration climate scientist Ahira Sanchez-Lugo said it is remarkable that 2017, which hasn’t seen an El Nino pattern, so far beats all but the super El Nino year of 2016.
She said that’s an indication that the world is changing into an ever-warming climate.
Members of the Anderson High School drum line try to beat the heat as they chug down water during a break from practice Tuesday afternoon in Anderson, Ind. The first half of 2017 was the second warmest on record in the U.S. and globally.