Europe, Asia and Africa were the global hotspots
FRISCO — April sea and land surface temperatures were above average across nearly the entire planet, with the month ending up tied with 2010 as the warmest April on record.
The warmest temperatures were reported in central Siberia, with record readings more that 9 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1980-2010 average. Sections of eastern Australia and parts of every major ocean basin reported record-warmth during the month, according to the new monthly update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center.
Cooler than average temperatures were recorded in parts of southern and eastern Canada, the northern U.S., and southern Kazakhstan, but no land areas were record cold. The last below-average global April temperature was in 1976, and the last average or below-average temperature for any month was February 1985, according to the April 2014 state of the climate report from the National Climatic Data Center.
Specifically, the globally average land and sea surface temperature in April was 58.09 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.39 degrees above the average. Temperatures over land areas were the third-warmest on record, at 2.43 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average.
With an El Niño brewing, climate scientists are closely watching ocean temperatures and April continued a trend of above-normal readings, with record warmth across parts of the eastern North Pacific Ocean. Several other regions were also record warm, including parts of the eastern equatorial Pacific off the coast of Mexico and scattered regions of the equatorial western and South Pacific, western North and South Atlantic Ocean, sections of the Norwegian and Barents Seas, the central Indian Ocean, and regions of the Southern Ocean south of Africa.
Information condensed from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate. Full report at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2014/4.