The weather reports are getting more and more shocking by the month – and unfortunately it’s the same story every time. Key highlights of recent data released by the National Centers for Environmental Information include:
- November 2015 was warmest November on record for the globe.
- The November average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.75°F (0.97°C) above the 20th century average.
- The average Arctic sea ice extent for November 2015 was a whopping 8.3% below the 1981–2010 average. What does this mean? Ice extend refers to the region in the Arctic that is “ice-covered”, although if there are any scientists reading this please feel free to add a more exact explanation. [Side note – if you’re interested in seeing the annual polar bear migration in the wild you may want to do this sooner rather than later because soon there will be not enough sea ice left].
- This was the highest temperature for September–November since record breaking began and is a 73°F (0.96°C) above the 20th century average. The record it broke was previously set in 2014. If you are a regular reader of our blogs, you’ll see the pattern emerging here – each month and year breaks the previous record.
- November marks the seventh consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken.
- Significant climate anomalies and events occurred on a global scale in November 2015. The following diagram depicts a summary (CLICK ON MAP FOR FULL PAGE VIEW)
If you have time – do yourself a favor and read the full report as paints a very scary picture of what’s happening with our planet.
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Global Analysis for November 2015, published online December 2015, retrieved on December 17, 2015 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201511.