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Satellite Measured Global Temperatures for May 2012

June 14, 2012; 4:06 PM ET

After a longer wait than usual, Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) has finally released their global temperature anomaly data for the lower troposphere as measured by microwave sounding data on board satellites.

According to RSS, May 2012 ended up as the 7th warmest globally in the satellite record going back to 1979. Here is the data.

The average global temperature anomaly for May 2012 was + 0.233 C or + 0.419 F.

The Arctic region remained much warmer than normal with a temperature anomaly of +1.340 C or +2.41 F.

For the continental USA, the May 2012 temperature anomaly was +1.385 C or +2.49 F, making last month the 2nd warmest May in the satellite record.

The RSS image below shows the May 2012 temperature anomalies in degrees C.

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Acknowledgement

MSU/AMSU data are produced by Remote Sensing Systems and sponsored by the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program. Data are available at www.remss.com.

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