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Climate: July global temps near record high

Year to-date tied for third-warmest

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Hot July for Planet Earth. Courtesy NASA.

Staff Report

FRISCO — With the exception of a few cool pockets, including parts of the eastern United States, above-average temperatures prevailed across most of the globe last month, making it the fourth-warmest July on record.

The globally average land-surface temperature was the 10-warmest on record and the average global sea-surface temperature for July tied with 2009 as the warmest ever, according to the monthly global state of the climate report from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

The year to-date is tied with 2002 as the third-warmest on record, with a combined global land and ocean average surface temperature running 1.19 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average.

Record warmth for the period was observed in northern and western Europe, parts of western North America, and regions in Far East Russia, southeastern Australia, and the eastern Black Sea region. Record cold was observed in the Lake Superior region of North America.

July was record-warm in parts of Scandinavia, where Norway reported its warmest July on record, with an average temperature that was 7.7 degrees Fahrenheit above average. Denmark and Sweden also reported near record warmth.

In the southern hemisphere, Australia also reported widespread above-average temperatures in every state, and some New Zealand ski areas have not been able to open due ot lack of snow.

Information compiled from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: Global Analysis for July 2014, published online August 2014, retrieved on August 18, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2014/7.

 

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