In what amounts to nothing more than an unsurprisingly mundane addition to an already long list of record breaking months and years, The National Climatic Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared November 2012 the fifth hottest November on record.
So yeah … that happened.
Record keeping for this particular dataset began back in 1880, and sees this past November mark the 36th consecutive November and 33rd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.
But there’s no reason to worry, right?
There were several more global temperature highlights from November;
- The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for November was the fifth highest on record for November, at 56.41°F (13.67°C) or 1.21°F (0.67°C) above the 20th century average. The margin of error associated with this temperature is ±0.13°F (0.07°C).
- The global land temperature was the sixth warmest November on record, at 2.03°F (1.13°C) above the 20th century average. The margin of error is ±0.20°F (0.11°C).
- Some national highlights are included below:
- The average November daytime (maximum) temperature across Australia was 3.11°F (1.73°C) above normal, making it the country’s fourth warmest November since national records began in 1950. No state or territory had maximum or minimum temperatures below the long-term average.
- The nationally averaged temperature for South Korea was 3.4°F (1.9°C) below average, marking the fifth lowest November maximum temperature since records began in 1973.
- Temperatures ranged from 4.3 to 7.9°F (2.4 to 4.4°C) above average acrossCroatia during November. Northwestern and eastern Croatia were “very warm” while most of central and southern Croatia were “extremely warm”, as categorized by the country’s national meteorological service.
Not to let things become too predictable, some parts of northeast England saw more than 150 percent of average precipitation thanks mostly to a series of low pressure systems that rolled over the area and brought heavy rainfall with them. Similarly Spain saw 150 percent of average precipitation for the month as well.
Unsurprisingly the Arctic sea ice never reached the 20th century average either, extending out to only 3.83 million square miles, which amounts to 12.2 percent below the average.
On the other side of the equation is the Antarctic sea ice extent which was 2.3 percent above average, coming in at 6.42 million square miles, the sixth largest November Antarctic sea ice extent on record.
Because climate scientists don’t need an easy job of it.
Global temperature highlights: September–November
- The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for September–November was the second highest on record for this period, behind 2005, 1.21°F (0.67°C) above the 20th century average of 57.1°F (14.0°C). The margin of error associated with this temperature is ±0.16°F (0.09°C).
- The global land temperature was the third warmest September–November on record, at 1.85°F (1.03°C) above the 20th century average of 48.3°F (9.1°C). The margin of error is ±0.32°F (0.18°C).
- For the ocean, the September–November global sea surface temperature was 0.95°F (0.53°C) above the 20th century average of 61.5°F (16.4°C), the fourth warmest for September–November on record. The margin of error is ±0.07°F (0.04°C).
Global temperature highlights: Year to Date
- Record to near-record warmth over land from April to September and warmer-than-average global ocean temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean resulted in the first 11 months of 2012 ranking as the eighth warmest such period on record, with a combined global land and ocean average surface temperature of 1.06°F (0.59°C) above the 20th century average of 57.2°F (14.0°C). The margin of error is ±0.16°F (0.09°C).
- The January–November worldwide land surface temperature was 1.73°F (0.96°C) above the 20thcentury average, marking the fifth warmest such period on record. The margin of error is ±0.36°F (0.20°C).
- The global ocean surface temperature for the year to date was 0.81°F (0.45°C) above average and ranked as the ninth warmest such period on record. The margin of error is ±0.05°F (0.03°C).