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Seventh-Warmest Start to the Year on Record

A map showing January-June temperatures across the globe.
Credit: NOAA & Climate Central

By Climate Central

Global temperature records are in for first half of the year, and they indicate a planet with no intention of cooling off. On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its analysis for the period from January to June. They show that six-month span ties with 2003 as the seventh warmest on record since 1880. Temperatures averaged over both land and sea ran 1.06°F above the 20th century average.

Some of the highlights include: 

  • The land temperature alone is the sixth warmest on record, running 1.80°F above average.
  • The ocean temperature alone is seventh warmest, running 0.79°F above average.
  • While this was the seventh-warmest start to the year, some regions of the world experienced their warmest January-June on record. These include parts of Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia, which had to add a new color to its temperature map to account for the extreme heat.
  • June marks the 340th consecutive month — a total of more than 28 years — with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-normal month was February 1985.

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By Eric Peterson (Front Royal, VA 22630)
on July 19th, 2013

“The land temperature alone is the sixth warmest on record, running 1.80°F above average.”

Using “average” to mean the average temperature of the 20th century has several problems.  First, it is impossible to compare the current temperature to the 20th century due to thermometer siting problems.  The satellite estimates say the temperature has risen about 0.5C or 0.9F since 1979 and the 70’s were probably typical for the 20th century and the 90’s had some natural warming (high solar before the 90’s released by El Nino in the 80’s and 90’s)

Prior to the 1940’s the rise in temperature was mostly natural, not CO2 driven.  So the 20th century average contains cold readings due to the ending of the Little Ice Age in the late 1800’s.  The manmade rise is probably 1F at most.

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By Camburn (ND)
on July 19th, 2013

So we are not increasing in warmth, not good.  The world ag output has increased tremendously because of the increasing warmth.  The pause is the increase is somewhat troublesome, as it very well could result in decreased food production.

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