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July 23, 2008

At Halfway Point, 2008 is the Ninth Warmest Year on Record

The first half of 2008 ranks as the ninth warmest on record, according to global statistics released by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) on July 16. With La Niña conditions depressing sea surface temperatures for much of the beginning of this year, scientist did not expect 2008 to break any temperature records, but the La Niña event has now passed, and warmer ocean temperatures are expected for the remainder of the year. The NCDC, a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), ranks global land temperatures for the first half of the year as the eighth warmest on record, while global ocean temperatures are the tenth warmest on record. For the first half of 2008, global temperatures are 0.79°F above the mean temperature for the 20th century, while the record for the first half of a year was set a decade ago, at 1.15°F above the 20th-century mean. See the NOAA press release and the NCDC's global analysis for June.