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How did October Rank for Satellite Measured Temperatures?

November 6, 2012; 1:55 PM ET

October 2012 ended up as the 8th warmest October in the satellite record, according to Remote Sensing Systems. The satellite record began in 1979.

The October 2012 temperature anomaly for the lower troposphere that covers all areas between 70 degrees south latitude and 82.5 degrees north latitude was +0.294 C or +0.529 F.

Image courtesy of Remote Sensing Systems.

The warmest areas relative to normal for the month of October were from the Northeast U.S through Atlantic Canada, eastern Europe and northeast Asia.

The coldest areas relative to normal for last month were across western Canada and northern Europe.

What about the United States?

For the month of October 2012, the continental United States averaged 0.580 C or 1.04 F colder than normal, making it the 6th coldest October in the satellite record.

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