Thursday, February 16, 2012

Global Temperature Anomalies January 2012





Janaury 2012 Global Temperature Anomalies



From NOAA/NCDC.
The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for January 2012 was the 19th warmest on record. This January is the coolest January since January 2008.

However, it also marks the 26th January and 323rd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below average temperatures was February 1985.

Separately, the global land surface temperature was the 26th warmest January on record. Warmer-than-average conditions occurred across most of North America, the northern latitudes of Europe and Asia, southern South America, and most of Australia. Cooler-than-average regions included China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, south central Russia, much of the Middle East, northern India, north Africa, and southwestern Greenland.

Separately, the global land surface temperature was the 26th warmest January on record. The Arctic Oscillation climate pattern played a large role in temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere during January. The positive phase during the first half of the month contributed to well-below average monthly temperatures across Alaska and above-average temperatures across the contiguous United States. The negative phase during the second half of the month contributed to warmth in Canada and also to a cold snap that began during the last week in January across Central and Eastern Europe and North Africa.

The January global ocean surface temperature was the 17th warmest January on record. The warmth was most pronounced across the north central and southwestern Atlantic Ocean, the central and western Pacific, and the southeastern Indian Ocean.

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