The first half of 2012 was the hottest Jan-June period in the contiguous US states since record-keeping began 118 years ago, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)*.
If last month found you with singed bare feet, and frying eggs on the backyard decking, you will find affirmation in today’s report that August 2010 was the second-hottest August, by a notch, in the last 32 years.
It fits right in with the rest of 2010, which was the second hottest on record since satellites have been used to track temperatures, according to the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where scientists track temperature trends and global warming.
Is this part of the new norm? It would seem so. Even with the El Nino warming trend fading, 2010 was a scorcher. Temperatures in August were very close to those in 1998, the record hottest year of the last three decades. Back then, an El Nino Pacific Ocean “event” also played a role in the hotter temperatures.