Preliminary data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that 2007 will be one of the warmest years since record keeping began in 1895. The preliminary annual average temperature for 2007 across the contiguous 48 United States will be near 54.3 degrees or 1.5 degrees above the 113 average of 52.8 degrees. This data would establish 2007 as the eight warmest on record. Only two months, February and April, were cooler-than-average for the year. Meanwhile March and August were the second warmest in the 113-year record. NOAA scientists determined that the U.S. residential energy demand was about three percent
less during the winter and eight percent higher
during the summer than what would have occurred
under average climate conditions.