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World Was Warmer in June, But Not Much of the U.S.


Much of the Earth was warmer in June. It was the second warmest June on record and the first six months of the year tied 2004 as the fifth warmest on record, says NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

But large sections of the U.S.—from the Southwest to the Northern Plains—as well as the Canadian Prairie Provinces, central Asia and the border area between northeastern China and Russia were cooler.

Most of the northern half of the contiguous U.S. had above-average rain in June, while the southeastern and south central parts of the continental U.S. were drier.

Overall, U.S. temperatures and precipitation were near the long-term average, based on records going back to 1895.

The world's ocean surface temperature for the month was the warmest on record for June, breaking the previous high set in 2005.

The data are based on globally averaged combined land and sea surface temperatures.

See the full report here.