First half of 2017 ranks sec­ond hottest glob­ally

The Western Star - - World -

The first half of 2017 was the sec­ond warmest on record for Earth, only be­hind last year.

The Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced Tues­day Earth’s av­er­age tem­per­a­ture from Jan­uary to June was 57.9 de­grees (14.4 de­grees Cel­sius). That’s 1.6 de­grees warmer than the 20th cen­tury av­er­age.

Nat­u­ral El Ni­nos spike global tem­per­a­tures. But NOAA cli­mate sci­en­tist Ahira SanchezLug­o says it is re­mark­able that 2017 without an El Nino so far beats all but the su­per El Nino year of 2016.

She says that’s the world chang­ing into an ever warm­ing cli­mate.

Record warmth was mea­sured in much of Mex­ico, western Europe, east­ern Russia, east­ern Africa and east­ern China. The U.S. had its sec­ond warmest start.

Glob­ally, June was the third warmest on record. Records go back to 1880.

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