The good Tamino has put his math skills to work in a attempt to determine ahead of time where 2007 will fall on the list of "hottest years in the modern record". His conclusion?
So far this climatological year the average temperature anomaly is 0.6055, which would also put 2007 in 2nd place. If the anomaly for November is greater than 0.2, then 2007 will indeed edge out 2002 for 2nd place. This too is very likely to occur. The last time any month showed an anomaly less than or equal to 0.2 was December of 2000; since then we’ve had 82 months in a row hotter than that.
Busy day today, so this may be it.