The average temperature for the 48 contiguous U.S. states in the first half of 2014 was 47.6 degrees F. — just one-tenth of a degree above the 20th century average.
A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also disclosed that the six-month period marked the coldest first half of any year since 1993.
The average maximum daytime temperature for the first six months of 2014 was slightly higher than the 20th century average, but the average minimum nighttime temperature was three-tenths of a degree below the century average.
Below-average temperatures were widespread east of the Rocky Mountains, and "two regions, the western Great Lakes and the southern Mississippi River Valley, had much-below-average temperatures during the six-month period," NOAA reported.
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, and Wisconsin each had a six-month period that ranked in the state's top 10 for cold temperatures.
The report also noted that the national precipitation total for the six-month period was a miniscule 0.02 inches below average, while above-average precipitation was recorded across the Northern tier and parts of the Southeast.
And drought conditions improved in the Midwest and Central and Southern plains.
The NOAA report is not likely to deter global warming alarmists, however. As the Insider Report disclosed in June, a prominent climate science professor was removed from his post as an Associate Fellow at the progressive Institute for Policy Studies days after a newspaper published his op-ed piece calling manmade global warming an "unproved science."
Dr. Caleb Rossiter of American University was told that his views on climate science made his relationship with the institute "untenable."