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Record November Warmth Observed Across The Globe

December 23, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill


The last month of autumn was a warm one across the globe. As a matter of fact, when combining ocean and land temperatures for November 2013, it was the warmest eleventh month since records began 134 years ago.

The average global temperature (including land and ocean temperatures) in November was 56.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This just passes the previous global temperature of 56.55 degrees Fahrenheit in 2004. November 2013 also had the sixth highest monthly departure from average among all months on record.

The average land temperature across the globe was 45.17 degrees, the second highest for November, falling short of 2010`s 45.34 degrees. As for ocean temperatures, last month ranked third highest compared to past Novembers, tying with 2009 at 0.97 degrees above the 20 century average of 60.4 degrees.

The greatest warming occurred in the northern Hemisphere, with the average temperature 1.80 degrees above average, making it the second warmest November on record. Meanwhile, the southern Hemisphere was 0.99 degrees warmer than average, making last month the 4th warmest November on record.

A few other highlights from November include the following:

  • Russia had its warmest November since national records began in 1891.
  • The September to November period was the second warmest since records began in 1880.
  • Australia had its warmest spring (September to November) since records began 104 years ago.
  • The United Kingdom was 1.3 degrees below average.
  • Norway was 2.7 degrees warmer than average.

Looking back at the past year so far through the end of November, the average temperature was 1.06 degrees above average. This year has tied with 2002 as the fourth warmest January to November on record.

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Image courtesy of NOAA`s National Climatic Data Center.

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