Feds: 2017 is US’s second-warmest year on record so far

Feds: 2017 is US’s second-warmest year on record so far
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The contiguous United States is experiencing its second-warmest year on record so far in 2017, federal scientists announced Friday.

The average temperature in the United States between January and June was 50.9 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 3.4 degrees above the 20th century average, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported on Friday.

Only the first six months of 2012 were warmer in the United States than this year, according to the report.

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That tally includes includes last year, which finished as the second-warmest year on record in the United States and the hottest year on record around the globe.

This year has also produced a near-record number of costly weather events. Between January and June, there were nine weather or climate incidents that cost $1 billion or more, according to the report, second only to the 10 such events at this point in the year in both 2011 and 2016.

The list of costly weather incidents so far this year includes three tornado outbreaks and two hailstorms that caused more than $2 billion in damage in Colorado, Minnesota and other parts of the central United States.