June felt awfully hot for most folks and now we know for sure that it was. According to a report released by scientists at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) which is a part of NOAA, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2014 was the highest for June since 1880, when record keeping began!
It also marked the 38th consecutive June and 352nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985.
Much of the world experienced warmer-than-average monthly temperatures, with record warmth across parts of southeastern Greenland, northern South America, eastern/central Africa, and south/southeast Asia. Similar to May, scattered sections of every major ocean experienced record warmth. Large parts of the western equatorial and northeastern Pacific Ocean and most of the Indian Ocean were much warmer than average for the month. However, few areas in North America, Far East Russia and small portions of central and northeastern Europe were cooler or much cooler than average
Here are the global highlights:
- The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for June 2014 was the highest on record for the month, at 0.72°C (1.30°F) above the 20th century average of 15.5°C (59.9°F).
- The global land surface temperature was 0.95°C (1.71°F) above the 20th century average of 13.3°C (55.9°F), the seventh highest for June on record.
- For the ocean, the June global sea surface temperature was 0.64°C (1.15°F) above the 20th century average of 16.4°C (61.5°F), the highest for June on record and the highest departure from average for any month.
- The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for the January–June period (year-to-date) was 0.67°C (1.21°F) above the 20th century average of 13.5°C (56.3°F), tying with 2002 as the third warmest such period on record.
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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team