you may remember the heat of World Cup 2002 and your friends in Northern America may have been surprised by the heat of Winter 2016.
At the time, 1997 had ranked as the warmest year on record, and 1998 took the top spot on that list the year after. Following these two warm years, however, 1999 and 2000 were comparatively cooler, and are the coolest years of the past 19-year period of NOAA's records.
If La Niña doesn't offer us any big surprises, and we start off 2017 with a cool pattern in the tropical Pacific, next year will very likely be cooler than 2016, and global temperatures may even come in cooler than 2015 or 2014, if it turns out to be a strong pattern.
India is almost halfway through its four-month monsoon season and plentiful rains so far have lifted farmers' hopes of a revival in output and incomes after the El Nino weather phenomenon led to two straight years of drought.
Rains covered the whole of India on July 13 and are 2 percent above average since June 1, helping the steady planting of summer-sown crops such as sugarcane, cotton, rice and lentils. India's forecast of above-average rainfall needs to come to fruition if the country of 1.3 billion is to tame inflation and remain a net exporter of food products this year. The country's rain-fed farms account for nearly 15 percent of its USD 2 trillion economy and more than three fifths of the people making a living from agriculture.