Global temperatures were seventh warmest on record for June

Jul 15, 2011
Global surface temperature Anomalies - June 2011. Credit: NOAA

The globe experienced the seventh warmest June since record keeping began in 1880. The Arctic sea ice extent was the second smallest extent for June on record. 

The monthly analysis from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides government, business and community leaders so they can make informed decisions.

Global Temperature Highlights:  June

• The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for June 2011 was the seventh warmest on record at 60.94 F (16.08 C), which is 1.04 F (0.58 C) above the 20th century average of 59.9 F (15.5 C). The margin of error associated with this temperature is +/- 0.13 F (0.07 C).

• Separately, the global land surface temperature was 1.60 F (0.89 C) above the 20th century average of 55.9 F (13.3 C), which was the fourth warmest June on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.23 F (0.13 C). Warmer-than-average conditions occurred across most of Russia, Europe, and China, the Middle East, eastern Canada, Mexico, and the southern United States. Cooler-than-average regions included the northern and western United States, part of western Canada, and most of Australia.
The June global ocean surface temperature was 0.85 F (0.47 C) above the 20th century average of 61.5 F (16.4 C), making it the 10th warmest June on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.07 F (0.04 C). The warmth was most pronounced across the central north Pacific, equatorial west Pacific, the Labrador Sea, the equatorial Atlantic, and much of the mid-latitude southern oceans.

• Australia had its eighth coolest average minimum temperature on record for June. The Northern Territory had its coolest average minimum temperature and eighth coolest average maximum temperature for June since records began in 1950.

• June 2011 was the second warmest June for China since records began in 1951, with the temperature 1.8 F (1.0 C) above average. The northwestern province of Gansu had its warmest June on record.

• New Zealand reported its third warmest June since records began in 1909, with the temperature 2.7 F (1.5 C) above the monthly average.

Global Temperature Highlights: Year to date

• The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for the January – June period was 0.90 F (0.50 C) above the 20th century average of 56.3 F (13.5 C), making it the 11th warmest first six months on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.16 F (0.09 C).

• The January – June worldwide land surface temperature was 1.39 F (0.77 C) above the 20th century average — the 12th warmest such period on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.36 F (0.20 C). Warmer-than-average conditions were prevalent across most of Russia and Europe, Mexico, the southern and eastern United States, most of Alaska, and northwestern Africa. Cooler-than-average regions prevailed over much of the northern , Southeast Asia, part of Kazakhstan and eastern Russia, northern Ukraine, and much of Australia.

• The global ocean surface for the year to date was 0.72 F (0.40 C) above the 20th century average and was the 11th warmest such period on record. The margin of error is +/-0.07 F (0.04 C). The warmth was most pronounced across most of the central and western Pacific, the north Atlantic near Greenland, the equatorial Atlantic, and much of the mid-latitude southern oceans.

• Neither El Niño nor La Niña conditions were present during June 2011. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, these ENSO neutral conditions are expected to continue into the Northern Hemisphere fall 2011.

Polar Sea Ice and Precipitation Highlights

• The average extent during June was 9.44 percent below average, ranking as the second smallest June extent since satellite records began in 1979.
• The June 2011 Antarctic was 0.56 percent below average and was the 12th smallest June extent since records began in 1979.
• Many regions of the Arctic experienced below average ice extent during June, particularly the Kara Sea along the Siberian coast. Southern regions of the sea, which are typically ice covered by the end of June, were completely ice free.  
• Unseasonal rainfall was prevalent in some parts of South Africa during June. Twelve stations reported June rainfall amounts more than ten times higher than average.

Scientists, researchers and leaders in government and industry use NOAA’s monthly reports to help track trends and other changes in the world's climate. This climate service has a wide range of practical uses, from helping farmers know what and when to plant, to guiding resource managers with critical decisions about water, energy and other vital assets.

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3432682
1.9 / 5 (22) Jul 15, 2011
Temperatures are essentially flat since 1998. The "scientists" are in a panic to find the "missing heat". Their predictions are falling flat. Their models are wrong. Their theories are defective.
Shootist
1.9 / 5 (22) Jul 15, 2011
Temperatures are essentially flat since 1998. The "scientists" are in a panic to find the "missing heat". Their predictions are falling flat. Their models are wrong. Their theories are defective.


They are ruled by Politically Provided Provender (money), and have no honor.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.9 / 5 (18) Jul 15, 2011
Doesn't look very flat to me.

http://www.skepti...land.png

But then I'm not a liar.
djr
3.3 / 5 (12) Jul 15, 2011
No fair Vendicar - you are supposed to cherry pick your data - and make it fit your pre-concieved world view - it makes for much more interesting conspiracy theories. Then you can spam the internet with your nonsense....
Howhot
3.3 / 5 (14) Jul 15, 2011
Hard to argue with cold hard facts isn't it deniers? Enjoy you hot drought summer in Texas.
eachus
3.1 / 5 (11) Jul 15, 2011
Hard to argue with cold hard facts isn't it deniers? Enjoy you hot drought summer in Texas.


Or, if you are an astronomer in the Atacama desert of Chile, enjoy over a foot of snow for the first time in decades: http://wattsupwit...of-snow/

As long as we are picking cherries here, might as well pick some ripe ones. ;-)
Howhot
1.8 / 5 (10) Jul 15, 2011
Yeah agreed, nothing better that a big fat cherry! So I'll make a prediction, 103 in New York, in late August, and it breaks a record. If science isn't good for predictions then what is it good for?
Vendicar_Decarian
3.2 / 5 (14) Jul 15, 2011
"Or, if you are an astronomer in the Atacama desert of Chile, enjoy over a foot of snow for the first time in decades:"

I know someone who lives there, and it gets very cold in winter.

You do know that it is now winter in the southern hemisphere, don't you Tard boy.

In any case, temperatures cold enough to produce snow are not at all uncommon there during this time of the year. What is unusual is the presence of sufficient water to produce snow.

That desert hasn't had that much snow in over 20 years.
ted208
1.5 / 5 (16) Jul 16, 2011
Vendicar_Decarian

I TOLD YOU TO GET OUT OF THAT FILTHY LITTLE ROOM OF YOURS

CHERRY PICKINGTARD
Vendicar_Decarian
3.8 / 5 (10) Jul 16, 2011
The truth seems to upset Ted208.
Parsec
4 / 5 (10) Jul 16, 2011
Temperatures are essentially flat since 1998. The "scientists" are in a panic to find the "missing heat". Their predictions are falling flat. Their models are wrong. Their theories are defective.

I don't care if your conservative ideology requires rejection of global change science, but don't present it as a scientific position please. Presenting political positions here makes you look silly.
omatumr
1.3 / 5 (15) Jul 16, 2011
Global temperature data 1880-2011 falsify
Industrial CO2-Induced Global Warming

http://noconsensu...o-51.png

a.) Global temperatures increased (~1880-1940)
b.) Global temperatures decreased (~1940-1975)
c.) Global temperatures increased (~1975-2000)
d.) Global temperatures unchanged (~2000-now)

Political events 1945-2011 show Industrial CO2-Induced Global Warming was the "common enemy" selected by world leaders to:

a.) Unite Nations
b.) End Nationalism
c.) Avoid Threat of Nuclear Annihilation
d.) Level the World's Economic Playing Field

See comment #10:
http://noconsensu...ls-zeke/

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo

omatumr
1.3 / 5 (13) Jul 16, 2011
Global temperature data 1880-2011 falsify
Industrial CO2-Induced Global Warming

http://noconsensu...o-51.png

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo


Our crumbling world economy and social unrest are the direct result of these misguided actions.

When current world leaders are gone, the US Declaration of Independence gives us the guidelines needed to establish a new government that protects the God-given democratic rights of the citizens to control world leaders.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former Greenpeace
& Obama Supporter
Bog_Mire
3 / 5 (9) Jul 16, 2011
oh jesus christ Oliver spare us the fruit and nut chocolate bars. seems there are some (a lot) that would rather dance on the sun than see the evidence for what it is. get a grip man. with kind regards.
ryggesogn2
1.9 / 5 (14) Jul 16, 2011
"Global temperatures were seventh warmest on record for June"
So what?
Of course this is just more 'data' to support more govt control of the economy.
That's the motive of AGW 'progressives' is it not?
Now if the motive was to use the data to motivate technologies to adapt to climate, then this may be useful information.
Feldagast
2.6 / 5 (10) Jul 16, 2011
So last winter when people cited the cold they say you cant use that to debunk global change, yet they now cite heat to claim it is so. Its not whether the earth is heating up, its whether or not MAN is the cause. The people preaching global climate change believe we can stop it if we try, all the while using it to their advantage to decide who wins, politically and economically.
ubavontuba
1.9 / 5 (13) Jul 16, 2011
The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for the January June period was 0.90 F (0.50 C) above the 20th century average of 56.3 F (13.5 C), making it the 11th warmest first six months on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.16 F (0.09 C).
Does anyone else see the inherent bias here?

As there has only been 11 years of data outside the base period, isn't it just as accurate to state the temperatures were normal, or even relatively cool? What's with always using, "warmest (time period) on record?"

To the other extreme, how about stating: It's the coolest it's been in 14 years! ...why not say it like that? ...because, all of a sudden, the same data appears to indicate we're headed for an iceage!

What's happened to neutrality and objectivity in science?

seenitb4
2.5 / 5 (8) Jul 16, 2011
Well I have serious doubts about that information. It shows the Southeast of Australia as being warmer in June. Well I live there and we have a record cold month.
yempski
5 / 5 (3) Jul 17, 2011
Don't blame the data. June had some record minimums, but also above average maximums.

http://www.bom.go...ry.shtml
Sinister1811
1.7 / 5 (11) Jul 17, 2011
Well I have serious doubts about that information. It shows the Southeast of Australia as being warmer in June. Well I live there and we have a record cold month.


Same here with WA, we've just had the coldest couple of months (June and July) on record, which seems to contradict the given data. Strange.
Bog_Mire
2.7 / 5 (7) Jul 17, 2011
Sinister1811 I live in WA too - so what part are you talking about? (it IS a fairly biggish state) If it is the S/W then you are dead wrong.....". When combined with very much above
average temperatures during the first four months
of the year, the Lower Southwest has recorded its
warmest start to the year on record for both day-time
and overnight temperatures." BOM data. May 2011......"Western Australia in June 2011: A cool month for northern WA, dryer than normal in the southwest.
Rainfall: Near average for WA; below average in southwest WA.
Maximum temperature: Near average for WA; above average for southwest WA.
Minimum temperature: Below average for WA; above average for southwest WA." BOM data. No data compiled by BOM yet for July - I suspect because we ARE STILL IN JULY) Just curious cobba, what part of WA are you talking about and could you please cite your sources?
Bog_Mire
3.1 / 5 (9) Jul 17, 2011
....then again some people forget to put a jumper and socks on at night and are convinced global warming is crap. Or see it snowing in another hemisphere during THEIR summer and ditto. Or experience an incredibly discrete cold snap and somehow imagine the entire world is going the same way. Thankfully they are rarely in charge of anything and are easily recognizable by their tin foil hats and S.Palin bumper stickers.
Feldagast
2.1 / 5 (11) Jul 17, 2011
Bog mire, personal attacks on people are a typical of the people that support man made global warming and in general shows a small mind. If you cant argue on the facts and peoples genuine concern with how stated data is disputed then too bad. Resorting to personal attacks is frankly very petty. It is anyone's right to question what is being stated as fact when there is personal evidence of dispute with what is given as fact. Have a nice day.
Bog_Mire
2.9 / 5 (8) Jul 17, 2011
Feldagast - no personal attacks here. Just general ones....and to question personal anecdotes with facts is pretty important in highlighting the truth wouldnt you say?
Sinister1811
1.7 / 5 (11) Jul 17, 2011
"Western Australia in June 2011: A cool month for northern WA, dryer than normal in the southwest.
Rainfall: Near average for WA; below average in southwest WA.
Maximum temperature: Near average for WA; above average for southwest WA.
Minimum temperature: Below average for WA; above average for southwest WA." BOM data. No data compiled by BOM yet for July - I suspect because we ARE STILL IN JULY) Just curious cobba, what part of WA are you talking about and could you please cite your sources?


Actually, you're wrong. I live in Perth and I can tell you that June has been the coldest on record. Where abouts do you live, in Kalgoorlie? I live in the South West and I know that it's freezing here. No need to attack me, just because you disagree with what I'm saying. I just basically said that it does seem to contradict the article. It has been bloody freezing here. I live in the South West, where you live, "cobba". Or maybe you're confusing South West for South East.
Sinister1811
1.8 / 5 (10) Jul 18, 2011
And for the two 1 votes, I wasn't arguing ABOUT the article, and I wasn't arguing that EVERY aspect of it was wrong. I'm not one of those AGW people who doesn't believe in Climate Change. But anyways, like I said before, the 1 votes are a popularity factor and nothing more. It's amazing how serious people took my comment. And for the record, you did personally attack me over something I said. But since it doesn't matter, I'm going to let it slide.
Sinister1811
1.7 / 5 (14) Jul 18, 2011
So, Bog_Mire, let's hear where you got your "data" from. Or are you just choosing to be a gigantic dick?
Sinister1811
1.6 / 5 (11) Jul 18, 2011
It'd be nice to hear your brilliant thoughts on this discussion too, FrankHerbert. Or are you contributing to the popularity contest? People have completely taken what I said out of context to begin with.
astro_optics
1.8 / 5 (9) Jul 18, 2011
Please don't call them scientists? Real scientists are supposed to have ethics!
thermodynamics
4.3 / 5 (6) Jul 18, 2011
astro-optics: Surely, you are old enough to understand that within every group there are those with ethics and those without ethics. Scientists are no different. Nor are scientific managers who have vested interests in seeing their projects succeed. Having said that, the issue of global temperatures has now been spread out to multiple databases and organizations. It is difficult to believe that each organization is colluding in some nefarious plot to steal money from specific people on this list and use it to purchase the new Bugatti Veyron. Implying that marginally paid, dedicated scientists who just want to make their measurements and test hypotheses are crooked is a bit on the slimy side. Is that what it is like in your neck of the woods?
Sinister1811
1.4 / 5 (11) Jul 18, 2011
@Bog_Mire - Perth temperature forecast for tonight = 7 degrees celcius. Today's forecast was 16 degrees, which isn't exactly the HOTTEST on record. Is it obvious why I don't necessarily agree with you? Man, 16 degrees and you're sweating? Really?

Oh wait a minute, it's a crime to state how cold it is when dealing with Global Warming. Wait here while I just go and get my tinfoil hat and my Sarah Palin bumper sticker. And I'm still waiting for a reply from the downrating cowards FrankHerbert and HowHot. I've noticed I've been getting nothing but 1s from these guys, and so far, they've contributed nothing. It's a popularity contest.
Deesky
4.5 / 5 (10) Jul 18, 2011
And I'm still waiting for a reply from the downrating cowards FrankHerbert and HowHot. I've noticed I've been getting nothing but 1s from these guys, and so far, they've contributed nothing.

Maybe if you didn't obsess about your ratings so much, you stopped talking about specific temperatures on various days of the year and focused more on climactic trends (ie, not weather), and you stopped needlessly feigning outrage at your treatment, you might garner higher scores.

I think your heart is in the right place, but you're going about it all wrong.
Sinister1811
1.2 / 5 (9) Jul 18, 2011
I'm not feigning outrage. I just find it irritating that certain people downrate, without specifying why. I believe if you're going to downrate someone, you should at least say why. But maybe I should just forget about those people. I wasn't talking about specific days, either. I was referring to the past couple of months. I know I don't have any data to back it up (and I can't really prove it), but I'm curious as to where certain people get their data. I'm sorry to everyone here if I came across as obnoxious. I just don't see why I was attacked in the first place.
Sinister1811
1.9 / 5 (11) Jul 18, 2011
You've also pointed out that there's a difference between weather and climactic trends. I missed that point completely. And I am no expert on trends either. But I will try to find the facts in future before mouthing off.
Bog_Mire
2.6 / 5 (5) Jul 18, 2011
Sinister1811: here is where my data came from: Bureau of Meteorology www;bom.gov.au. I thought that was pretty clear when I CITED MY SOURCES in my post that you quoted. BOM is the government meteorological department and is without peer in climate data for Australia. The data I quoted is VERBATIM from their extremely accessible and free monthly and annual climate and weather reports. feel free to have a gander then get back to me (and while you are at it can you do me the courtesy of providing the sources for the CLAIMS you made which I took the liberty to QUESTION which you DECLINED to provide?) That is if you aren't busy being too precious?
Sinister1811
1.3 / 5 (9) Jul 18, 2011
That's all fair enough. And you may have questioned my sources. But it was when you stated all of this that you crossed the line:
....then again some people forget to put a jumper and socks on at night and are convinced global warming is crap. Or see it snowing in another hemisphere during THEIR summer and ditto. Or experience an incredibly discrete cold snap and somehow imagine the entire world is going the same way. Thankfully they are rarely in charge of anything and are easily recognizable by their tin foil hats and S.Palin bumper stickers.


Maybe I didn't have any sources, and I had just heard it on the news. And here right now it's cold. But you didn't need to attack me over it. You just came across as obnoxious, and quite frankly, I didn't like your tone. I do believe in Climate Change, so to throw me in the same category as a kook who believes it's all rubbish is wrong. Maybe it was you who were getting all defensive. I suppose you also support the Carbon Tax
omatumr
1.2 / 5 (9) Jul 18, 2011
The global climate scandal and the current economic collapse are topics on Professor Curry's blog Climate Etc.

http://judithcurr...nsensus/

http://judithcurr...ication/

See also this historical review (1945-2011) of the current economic collapse.

http://dl.dropbox...apse.pdf

Despite the storms of life, today

All is well,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
NGR 26-003-057
Bog_Mire
2.9 / 5 (7) Jul 18, 2011
and Sinister, word to the wise: you were "attacked" (sigh) because you sounded very crank-y on a topic where misinformation, ignorance (will-full and not), and plain dishonest agenda-pushing abounds (admittedly from both "sides"). You offered an anecdotal "opinion" unsupported by data, sources or any real understanding of what you where talking about. And you where plain wrong in your claims. This type of action is very common in deniers and naturally you were seen as such. I do apologise if your feelings were burnt, but, like me, you are an anonymous pseudonym and a big boy. So suck it up and learn from your flaming. One star you deserve and one stars you got.