Global Temperature Update

NASA has just released their latest global temperature update (the latest value is shown in red):


Unlike last month, however, we did not set a new record for the hottest 12-month running average:


The simple 1-year averages (although the year 2016 isn’t yet complete) still show just how likely it is that this year will be the hottest on record, for the third time in a row:


Perhaps Gavin Schmidt said it best:

No surprise here, planetary warming does not care about the election. Now including October data.

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12 responses to “Global Temperature Update

  1. Two consecutive record-warm years is unusual, but not unprecedented: It also occurred in 1997-98 (also due to a massive El Nino that straddled the two years), in 1980-81, and 1943-44. But the data since 1880 has never had three consecutive record-setting years.

  2. What stands out for me is the temperatures up in the Arctic. The NASA’s GISS maps are showing above 75º North October anomalies of +5.25ºC or more. So far this is not as extreme as the Arctic anomalies back at the start of the year when they hit +7ºC for a couple of months. But it looks like this Autumn’s anomalies are going for the record. Into November and the DMI daily 80ºN temperatures are showing massive anomalies. Has the the Arctic decided to give winter a miss this year?!!

    • Right now there is a lobe of frigid arctic air over north central Siberia (see Climate Reanalyzer). But where I live as well–maritime subarctic Newfoundland–it is also quite warm lately. Tomorrow looks to set an all time record of 16C which is a normal enough temp in the summer. Lot of southwesterlies bringing up warmer air from the more southerly regions of the Atlantic in the present pattern. It will change, however, very likely as nor’easters start tracking through later in the season early next year.

  3. Prepare for the global cooling (or pause) meme to start (again) next year.

  4. To be fair, the election was in November, not October. So I guess we still have to wait and see how global temps respond.

  5. Also newsworthy is the fact that, while October 2016 was cooler than October 2015, it was also the 2nd warmest October on record, despite what appears to be a shift to La Nina conditions.

  6. Hi there (Greetings from Germany).
    I remember somebody posting a link to a very long, vertical (scroll-down) global temperature graph. Unfortunately, I haven’t bookmarked the site. Can somebody help me out?

  7. RAlph F

    You may be thinking of this graph from xkcd..