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Summer 2014 warmest on record. This chard indicates land and ocean temperature departure for June-August 2014

2014 Warmest Summer on Record

It may seem counterintuitive for those living in eastern North America, but the continuing trend of warmer months globally has officially culminated with the 2014 as the warmest summer on record, according the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most recent State of the Climate report. This following last August as the warmest on record, beating the previous record set in August…

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Seeing Over the Horizon: Sharp Rise in Ocean Temperatures in 2013

What the recently stalled polar vortex over much of the eastern half of the United States makes clear is that we humans are, by nature, not well equipped to think globally. At least not when it comes to their physical surroundings. After all, cold is cold. So, for instance, if there is two inches of snow outside my Atlanta home…

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Above Average Temperatures for November Keep U.S. on Track for Record Hot Year

On Monday, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that for the 333rd consecutive month November 2012 brought higher than average global temperatures. In fact, the last time November temperatures dropped below the 20th century average was in 1976. Last month global average temperature over land and oceans was 56.41°F, or the 5th highest recorded average land/sea…

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Global Coral Bleaching Among Worst Ever Seen

Coral reefs are a foundation for a healthy ocean ecosystem, serving as home for a wide variety of plants and animals. Coral communities play a vital role across the entire food chain, from the tiniest creature right up to humans. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that healthy coral reefs generate up to $375 billion annually in food,…

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Warmer Oceans, More Intense Storms, Over a Wider Range of the Atlantic

A record breaking hurricane season The 2010 Hurricane season is still relatively young, but already one for the record books: Last week, for only the second time since record-keeping began, two Category 4 storms were active simultaneously (Igor and Julia) Julia grew into a Cat-4 hurricane by 5am last Wednesday (Sept. 15), making it the fourth Category 4 storm to…

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Temperature anomalies for June 2010 - courtesy NOAA

NOAA: Warmest June on Record – 2010 on Track for Hottest Year

In their monthly analysis just released of global land and ocean surface temperature data, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that June 2010 was the hottest on record. The average combined land and ocean surface temperatures for the period from April to June was the warmest on record, and year-to-date (January to June) is the second warmest, behind 2007. The…

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2009 Warmest Year on Record in Southern Hemisphere

Data just released from NASA indicates that 2009 was the hottest year on record in the Southern Hemisphere, and globally comes in for a “three way tie” as the second-warmest year in the instrumental record (with 2007 and 1998), as Reto Ruedo, co-author of the NASA report, told Joe Romm of Climate Progress last week. According to surface temperature analysis…

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