WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s monthly climate report is
beginning to sound like a broken record.
The National Climate Data Center reported Monday that the
January-September period is tied with 1998 for the warmest first nine months
The agency said the average temperature for the period was
1.17 degrees above normal for records going back 131 years. For a full year
the warmest on record was 2005.
The agency added that it has been the warmest
January-September on record in the Northern Hemisphere and the second
warmest in the Southern Hemisphere.
Steadily rising temperatures in recent decades have raised
concerns among environmentalists and atmospheric scientists concerned that
human-generated pollutants are contributing the a dangerous global warming.