July 2014 global temperatures (Credit: NOAA)
Data collected by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicate 2014 might end up being one of the hottest years on record, according to TreeHugger. This comes after a fierce winter brought frigid temperatures to North America that hadn’t been felt for decades.
Besides trending a little down in February 2014, global surface temperatures are so far on pace to claim the spot for the third hottest year since 1880. They are already 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the 20th century average.
Warmer temperatures can make drought conditions, like those in California, worse. They could also have impacts on the prevalence of climate anomalies.
Image: July 2014 global temperatures (Credit: NOAA)