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NOAA: La Nina is gone; June was 8th warmest, globally

NOAA: La Nina is gone; June was 8th warmest, globally
June might have been one of the coldest in Seattle history, but overall, it was the 8th warmest across the globe, NOAA climate analysts said.

To top it off, globally it was the ninth warmest January - June period on record.

And even the cooler than normal temperatures that have been generally hanging around the Northwest since last summer might be a thing of the past. The La Nina conditions that have kept us a little chilly is now gone, climatologists said. We are now in a "neutral" pattern, which means ocean temperatures are around normal.

Here are some of the other highlights from the NOAA press release: * The combined global land and ocean surface temperature for June 2008 was 60.8 degrees F, which is 0.9 degrees F above the 20th century mean of 59.9 degrees F.

* Separately, the global land surface temperature was 57.2 degrees F, which is 1.3 degrees F above the 20th century mean of 55.9 degrees F.

* The global ocean surface temperature was 62.2 degrees F, which is 0.7 degrees F above the 20th century mean of 61.5 degrees F.

* For the January - June period, the combined global land and ocean surface temperature was
57.1 degrees F, which is 0.8 degrees F about the 20th century mean of 56.3 degrees F.

* Northern Hemisphere Arctic sea ice extent for June 2008 ranked third lowest for June since records began in 1979. Southern Hemisphere Antarctic sea ice extent for June 2008 was above the 1979-2000 mean, ranking as the second largest June extent.

* El Niño-Southern Oscillation conditions transitioned to a neutral phase during June. (Scott's note: That's fancy speak for La Nina is gone and we're in a normal pattern.)

* Torrential rain lashed southern China from June 7-18. These were followed by more heavy rain from typhoon Fengshen late in the month. The downpours caused widespread floods and affected more than five million people. June 2008 was the wettest month ever for Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Macao based on records that began in 1884.

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