An unidentified substance has killed or injured hundreds of birds so far.
The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.
Low precipitation and record high temperatures combine to set startling record.
But given the state of long-range forecasting, climatologists admit that the glimmer could be a mirage.
A research expedition in the Gulf of Mexico has stumbled on a field of beautiful natural sculptures made of asphalt on the sea floor.