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July Global Temperatures Fourth Highest on Record
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Aug 15, 2012
July Global Temperatures Fourth Highest on Record

According to NOAA scientists at the National Climatic Data Center, the globally-averaged temperature for July 2012 marked the fourth warmest July since record keeping began in 1880. It also marks the 36th consecutive July and 329th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.

Most areas of the world experienced higher-than-average monthly temperatures, including North America and Asia. Meanwhile, Australia, northern and Western Europe, eastern Russia, Alaska, and southern South America were notably cooler than average. In the Arctic, sea ice loss resulted in resulted in a 1.2 million square mile melting, resulting in the second lowest July sea ice extent on record.

The equatorial Pacific Ocean continued to reflect neutral El Niño-Southern Ocean (ENSO) conditions in July. However, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the El Niño warm ocean phase will likely develop between now and September. In addition to influencing seasonal climate outcomes in the United States, El Niño is often, but not always, associated with global temperatures that are higher than normal.

The full state of the climate report for June 2012 can be viewed here on the NCDC website.

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