2015 Was Second-hottest Year On Record In The US

2016-01-11T17:00:52+00:00 January 11, 2016|
The United States saw its second-hottest year on record in 2015, federal scientists announced on Thursday. (Credit: Kenneth Lu, Flickr)

(Click to enlarge) The United States saw its second-hottest year on record in 2015, federal scientists announced on Thursday. (Credit: Kenneth Lu, Flickr)

The United States saw its second-hottest year on record in 2015, federal scientists announced on Thursday.

(From the Hill/ by Devin Henry) — The annual average temperature in 2015 in the U.S. was 54.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or 2.4 degrees above the 20th century average, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday. 

Since record-keeping began in 1895, only 2012 was a warmer year in the United States. The past 19 years have all been above the 20th century average, NOAA said. 

The announcement came after a record-breaking December. Last month was 6 degrees above the 20th century average, NOAA said, smashing a record set in 1939. 

The record heat in the U.S. comes as NOAA and its international counterparts are expected to name 2015 the hottest year on record around the world.

Though that announcement has yet to be made, it has long been expected that the year will top the charts internationally. In December, NOAA said the average surface temperature that month would need to be 1.46 degrees Celsius below average in order to avoid topping the charts. 

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