2009 Is Fifth Warmest Year on Record So Far

Above-average temperatures are expected throughout the rest of the year.

Warm year

In the Southern Hemisphere, June 2009 marked the warmest June ever on record.

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The first half of 2009 is tied with 2004 as the fifth warmest half-year on record for the world as a whole, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Combined land and ocean surface temperatures for January through June were 0.55 degrees Celsius above the 20th-century average, falling just 0.09 degrees below the record temperature recorded in 1998, when global temperatures were elevated by an El Niño event. But the outlook for the rest of the year is for more elevated global temperatures, as a new El Niño event began in June. The effects of that event are already evident, as global ocean surface temperatures in June set a new record, at 0.59 degrees above the 20th-century average.

Overall, June 2009 ranked as the second warmest June on record and the warmest ever in the Southern Hemisphere. But the United States was spared the heat, as the U.S. temperatures were only slightly above the 20th-century average.


Reprinted from EERE Network News, a free newsletter from the U.S. Department of Energy.
greg_28
8/6/2009 2:01:50 PM

I am admittedly conservative. That being said I am for conserving oil, water, etc. and that Mother Earth News is a great magazine for this many other facets of life. I do not believe however that climate change is man made, but just a convenient excuse for social change. A couple of things you should think about. 1. All the planets circling the sun have been warming. 2. They have changed the verbiage from "Global Warming" to "Climate Change". 3. Many articles focus on particular areas in the world that happen to be warmer and point to them as evidence of "Global Warming" but fail to mention the cooler areas. 4. Many scientist are now predicting that we will be having a prolonged period of "Global Cooling" also called "Climate Change".


mc_2
8/5/2009 12:03:56 PM

In West Virginia, where I'm at right now, it's looking to go down and the fourth-coolest summer on record. It's all very confusing, isn't it??? On one hand, it gives me hope that it's only catastrophic change (as opposed to the end of all things). On the other hand, I *hate* being confused.