The average temperature in 2007 for the contiguous United States was the 10th warmest ever recorded, the National Climatic Data Center reported. The global surface temperature last year was the firth warmest ever recorded.
The National Climatic Data Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration based on Asheville, N.C., released on Tuesday “Climate of 2007 — In Historical Perspective Annual Report.”
— The average temperature in the United States last year was 54.2 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the mean temperature of the 20th century.
— Last year in Alaska was the 15th warmest ever since the state began record keeping in 1918.
— The mean temperature in the United States in December 2007 was 33.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average temperature of the 20th century.
— The combined global land and ocean surface temperature in December 2007 was the 13th warmest since record keeping began in 1890.
“Climate of 2007 — December in Historical Perspective” was also released on Tuesday.