Just today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its report on U.S. climate highlights for June. The following are some key findings taken directly from the summary:
The January-June period was the warmest first half of any year on record for the contiguous United States. The national temperature of 52.9°F was 4.5°F above the 20th century average.Most of the contiguous U.S. was record and near-record warm for the six-month period, except the Pacific Northwest. Twenty-eight states east of the Rockies were record warm and an additional15 states were top ten warm.