Land surface temperatures the hottest ever for the month; only Australia, Alaska and small parts of South America cooler than average
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s getting hotter and hotter, the National Climatic Data Center announced this week, releasing its monthly global temperature analysis showing that the average land surface temperatures in May 2012 were the warmest ever recorded.
Land and sea surface temperatures combined averaged out to the second-warmest May since record-keeping began in 1880. Only May 2010 was warmer.
Measuring land surface readings only, the average temperature was 2.18 degrees above the 20th century average. Land and surface readings combined averaged to 1.19 degrees above the 20th century average. (more…)