Global temps record high in November 2013

Cool U.S. readings the exception in a record-warm month


Planet Earth record-warm in November 2013. Graphic courtesy NASA.

Staff Report

FRISCO — November’s cool temperatures across parts of North America were the exception, as the rest of globe reported all-time record warmth for the month. According to the National Climatic Data Center’s monthly update, the average global temperature was 1.40 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average.

Many regions saw all-time record highs, including southern Russia, northwest Kazakhstan, south India, southern Madagascar, parts of the central and south Indian Ocean, and sections of the Pacific Ocean.

Northern Australia, parts of North America, south west Greenland, and parts of the Southern Ocean near South America were cooler than average, but no regions of the globe were record cold during November. Read the full report here.

Last month’s readings keep 2013 on track to end up as the fourth-warmest year on record for the planet — and Russia was the notable hotspot, reporting its warmest November since national records began in 1891. Some areas of the Urals, Siberia, south of the Far East region, and on the Arctic islands in the Kara Sea had temperatures that were more than 14 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the monthly average.

Along with the bullseye of heat over Russia, warmer-than-average temperatures across most of the world’s ocean surfaces contributed to the record warmth. Even with no El Niño (a Pacific Ocean warm phase),  November global ocean temperature tied with 2009 as the third highest for November, nearly one full degree above the 20th century average.

Taken separately, land-surface temperatures were the second-highest on record for November, 2.57 degrees above the 20th century average.

Information compiled from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: Global Analysis for November 2013, published online December 2013, retrieved on December 17, 2013 from

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