The first six months of 2015 have been the hottest in 136 years, when global temperature records began to be recorded — according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. May of 2015 was the hottest month we’ve ever had during that 136 year stretch, with a global temperature of about 60 degrees fahrenheit (59.97). June was the hottest June on record.
The boost in temperatures wasn’t significant in North American generally. California, however, is experiencing its brutal drought with temperatures an average of five degrees above normal for the first six months of the year. Scientists who cast doubt on rising global temperatures — the phenomenon known as global warming — often cite recent data that shows a 17-year leveling-off of global temperatures’ rising.