2007 was Tenth Warmest for U.S., Fifth Warmest Worldwide

January 15, 2008

The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. in 2007 is officially the tenth warmest on record, according to data from scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The agency also determined the global surface temperature last year was the fifth warmest on record.

U.S. Temperature Highlights

national temperature chart.

(Credit: NOAA)

US drought monitor table.

(Credit: NOAA)

U.S. Precipitation Highlights – December 2007

Global Highlights

global surface mean temperatures chart.

(Credit: NOAA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 70 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

Note to Editors:  Additional information on U.S. climate conditions in December and for 2007 is available online at:  http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2007/dec/dec07.html and http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2007/ann/ann07.html.