But La Niña conditions may help moderate temperatures for the rest of the year
As the maps above show, 2010 continues to be extremely warm around the globe.
The January through August period was 0.67 degrees C warmer than the 1951-1980 long-term mean, making it the warmest such period on record, according to the most recent analysis from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
For August alone, La Niña conditions helped keep global temperatures down, making this past month the 7th warmest on record. La Niña is likely to continue through early next year. So 2010 may not go down as the warmest year on record. Time will tell.
For the United States, La Niña typically brings cool and wet conditions to the Pacific Northwest, and warm and dry conditions for the southern tier of the country extending up the East Coast: