Last month was hottest June on record: NOAA

Last month was the hottest June in modern history
Last month was the hottest June in modern history

Last month was the hottest June in modern history, marking the 14th consecutive month that global heat records have been broken, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday.

"The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2016 was the highest for the month of June in the NOAA dataset record, which dates back to 1880," the agency said in a statement.

"This marks the 14th consecutive month the monthly global temperature record has been broken, the longest such streak in the 137-year record."

The report, issued each month by NOAA, also said the global temperature for the first six months of 2016 was the hottest on record.

The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for June was 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average of 59.9 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 Celsius).

"June 2016 marks the 40th consecutive June with temperatures at least nominally above the 20th century average," NOAA said.

NOAA also spoke about what it calls the "monthly temperature departure" or record spikes in heat. It said 14 of 15 of these spikes have occurred since February 2015, signalling that global warming is accelerating.

Experts say is at least partially to blame for a number of environmental disasters around the world, from the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia to wildfires raging across Canada.

Last year marked the hottest on record, beating 2014, which previously held the title.

With 14 months in a row now setting records for heat, 2016—now half over—is on track to be another scorching year.


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Jul 19, 2016
Many Junes between about 1910 and 1955 set warm records, but no one panicked and blamed it on humans. See here from the HadCRUT4 data set (1850-present) displayed by month:

http://climexp.kn...ND=month

Then the earth cooled for about 25 years. Warming essentially stopped again for the last 17 years after the 1998 El Niño then jumped up due to the 2015 El Niño. Temperatures are rapidly declining, typical after a large El Niño.

http://nsstc.uah....2016.jpg

The earth warms and cools by about 11 to 14 degrees C over long time scales as it oscillates between glacial periods and warm, interglacial periods. We're at the tail end of a warm period, and as far as anyone can tell, within the natural variation of global temperatures.

https://www.clima...arge.png

Don't worry, be happy.

Jul 19, 2016
2016—now half over—is on track to be another scorching year

I'll bet 20 bucks no one can feel a 0.15° C temperature difference, which is the difference between the June average in 2015 and 2016. Or 0.20° C, which is the difference between June 2014 and 2016.

http://climexp.kn...ND=month

That's like being able to feel the difference between, say 37° C (98.6° F) and 37.20° C (98.96° F), or the difference in temperature when you go 67 feet higher up a hill.

https://en.wikipe...pse_rate

Jul 19, 2016
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Jul 19, 2016
Oh yes, we can blame the El Nino for current temperatures but blithely refuse to take into account the La Nina for the misnamed "hiatus" that wasn't.
Once you account for the ENSO cycle, air temperatures are at record highs and that's not taking into account the warming across the entire system that isn't impacted by short-term weather variation.
And even with the ENSO cycle factored in, the world showed statistically significant warming from 1998 through the La Nina and the neutral ENSO to the next El Nino. Which says more than anything.

Jul 19, 2016
Shhh..... don't tell the Atlantic and Antarctic.


Thanks for pointing out that those areas were included in determining the average daily temperature for June.

Such an ignorant, petulant, child. At least askdad tries to support his denial. His failure to do so is the result of his misunderstanding and willful disregard of facts, but you are just a childish idiot.

Jul 19, 2016
I'll bet 20 bucks no one can feel a 0.15° C temperature difference, which is the difference between the June average in 2015 and 2016. Or 0.20° C, which is the difference between June 2014 and 2016.
As shown by Phys1 already, one COULD feel that difference. But why only 2 years? Why not 10? or 30? or 100? Do we have to explain "average" to you yet again?

Tell me askdad, do you understand how much energy it takes to raise the temperature of the Earth's entire atmosphere by 0.2°C? Not a regional change, I mean ALL of it. How about adding in the oceans? Their temperatures are rising too (even the Atlantic that againstseeing to too simple to understand is part of the global average)..

Ask yourself, askdad, where is all of that energy coming from? And, once you figure out how much energy that takes, answer a question, How can that NOT affect the life of (and on) this planet?

Jul 19, 2016
Was the temperature supposed to remain exactly the same? Take any two points in time in the past, you will find 'a little' difference!

Jul 19, 2016
Thanks for pointing out that those areas were included in determining the average daily temperature for June.

Of course, as you know that's the way the evil man made CO2 works.
http://climatecha...reports/
http://www.expres...e-change

Jul 19, 2016
Was the temperature supposed to remain exactly the same? Take any two points in time in the past, you will find 'a little' difference!

Not sure what your point is. Care to clarify?

Jul 23, 2016
NOAA: Willing government bureaucrats lying to push elitist Globalist Criminal agenda to enslave us all. Drop 'em all and their mindless crony "scientists" into active volcano.

Jul 23, 2016
NOAA: Willing government bureaucrats lying to push elitist Globalist Criminal agenda to enslave us all. Drop 'em all and their mindless crony "scientists" into active volcano.

"Cause itsa CONSPIRATORY!!!!" Wow, 50 Shades of Stupid! Bet you're voting trump too right dumdum?

Jul 23, 2016
NOAA: Willing government bureaucrats lying to push elitist Globalist Criminal agenda to enslave us all.
Yes, with their evil weather reports.

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