Depending on the surface data source, April 2014 was either tied for the warmest April on record globally or second warmest. Records go back to 1880.
According to NOAA, April 2014 was tied with April of 2010 as being the warmest April on record globally for land and ocean surface combined.
April 2014 average 0.77 degrees C. or 1.39 degrees F. above the 20th century average.
NOAA also notes that the January 2014 to April 2014 period was the 6th warmest Jan-Apr period on record.
The United States experienced their coldest start to the year (Jan-Apr) since 1993. The January 2014 to April 2014 period was the 46th coldest Jan-Apr period on record in the U.S.
NASA's GISS reports that April 2014 was the second warmest April on record globally behind April 2010. (land/ocean combined)
April 2014 ended up averaging 0.73 degrees C. or 1.31 degrees F. above the 1951-1980 average. April 2010 was 0.80 degrees C. above the average.
Image courtesy of NASA GISS.
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