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May 2014 Satellite Measured Temperatures and Sea Ice

June 11, 2014; 2:25 PM ET

Satellite measured temperature anomalies for May 2014, courtesy of Remote Sensing Solutions (RSS)..

Satellite measured temperatures of the lower troposphere indicated that May 2014 averaged .286 degrees C. above normal, making last month the 6th warmest May in the satellite record which goes back to 1979.

According to RSS, temperatures are warming at a rate of +.123 degrees C. per decade.

Global surface temperature data will be posted in the next week or two.

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Latest on global sea ice

The May Arctic sea ice extent trend from 1979-2014 is shown below. Arctic sea ice extent for May has been decreasing at a rate of 2.3% per decade, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Service or the NSIDC.

On the other hand, Antarctic sea ice extent continues to be at record levels since the satellite era began in 1979 and is increasing at a rate of 2.6 percent per decade for the month of May.

Below is the latest Arctic sea ice extent as of yesterday in relation to the 1980-2010 average and the slope of the record low year of 2012. Image courtesy of the NSIDC.

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