It doesn’t feel all that warm in the U.S. right now, but Earth is actually on its way to the warmest year on record. According to NOAA, the world logged the warmest October ever and is on track to break the record for the warmest year.
NOAA is pointing the finger at warmer than usual oceans as the reason why temperatures year-to-date are 1.22 degrees above the 20th-century average of 57.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Those of you living in the eastern half of the U.S. (myself included) have been the lucky ones. We are one of the few places across the world having a colder than average year. But, the U.S. isn’t the whole world. Check out the image below to see how temperatures have increased across much of the world.
The past six months have been exceptionally warm on a worldwide scale. Except July, new monthly heat records have been set.
NOAA’s report highlights European countries in particular with an exceptionally warm October. For example, Denmark recorded its second warmest October since records began in 1874. Last month was just 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than October 2006.
The story is mostly the same across Europe. Germany saw its third warmest October. Switzerland had its fourth warmest October as did France.
The world’s oceans saw record warmth again in October. It was the sixth straight month of new monthly temperature records.
All of this record warmth in the world’s oceans has come in the absence of El Niño. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 60% chance of El Niño developing this winter. Any possible El Niño is expected to be weak. If it does officially form though, it will add additional heating to the oceans.
You can read the full NOAA report here. Land and ocean temperatures are broken down in detail.
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