[Vision2020] NOAA, 4-19-16: "For 11th straight month, the globe was record warm"
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Tue Apr 19 18:31:32 PDT 2016
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For 11th straight month, the globe was record warm
April 19, 2016
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, March set another heat record
for the globe. As Earth continues to warm and is influenced by phenomena
such as El Niño <https://www.climate.gov/enso>, global temperature records
are piling up.
For 2016 year to date (January-March), the average temperature for the
globe was 2.07 degrees F above the 20th-century average, according to
scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information
<https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/>. This was the highest temperature for this
period in the 1880–2016 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2015
by 0.50 degrees F. The globally averaged sea surface temperature for the
year to date was also highest on record, surpassing the same period in 1998
by 0.42 degrees F, the last time a similar strength El Niño occurred.
[image: Map: Land and ocean temperature departure from average for March
*Map: Land and ocean temperature departure from average for March 2016. *
Download Image <http://www.noaa.gov/image_download/1290?itok=aEQHtbwx>
For March, the average temperature for the globe was 2.20 degrees F above
the 20th century average. This was not only the highest for the month of
March in the 1880-2016 record, but also the highest monthly temperature
departure among all months on record, surpassing the previous all-time
record set last month by 0.02 degrees F. March also marked the 11th
consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken, and
is the longest such streak in NOAA’s 137-year climate record.
The Arctic was also impacted by record global heat. Arctic sea ice reached
its maximum extent for the year at 5.61 million square miles March 24, the
lowest annual maximum extent in the satellite record. This was 431,000
square miles below average and 5,000 square miles below the previous record
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