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2016 Is Blowing Away Global Heat Records

By Climate Central

Some statistics from NOAA:

  • The June temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.62°F (0.90°C) above the 20th century average of 59.9°F (15.5°C). This was the highest for June in the 1880–2016 record.

  • The average Arctic sea ice extent for June was 530,000 square miles (1.37 million square kilometers) below average, which is roughly twice the area of Texas. This is 11.4% below the 1981–2010 average and was the smallest June extent since satellite records began in 1979. 

  • The year-to-date temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.89°F (1.05°C)  above the 20th century average of 56.3°F (13.5°C) . This was the highest for January-June in the 1880–2016 record.

NOAA anomalies are calculated from a 20th century baseline. As the global conversation focuses on a goal of limiting warming to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, we have combined the NOAA and NASA global temperature numbers and adjusted them to an early industrial baseline of 1881-1910 to better gauge our warming against this global goal. This is reflected in the enclosed graphic.