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Satellite Measured Temperatures for December

January 03, 2014; 5:58 PM

Very busy week in the weather department has caused me to focus on the short-term weather instead of the climate change stuff. Hopefully things will calm down later next week.

Anyway, Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) has released their December 2013 satellite measure temperature data for the lower troposphere.

Map shows global temperature anomalies for December 2013 in degrees C. Note all the cold over Canada, which oozed into parts of the U.S. Image courtesy of RSS.

According to RSS, December 2013 ended up as the 10th warmest December globally in the satellite record, which goes back to 1979.

Globally, temperatures average .158 degrees C. above normal.

However, the contiguous U.S. averaged 1.258 degrees C. below normal for December, which comes as no surprise. It was even colder relative to normal up in Canada.

The graph below shows the updated decadal trend for the lower troposphere. Courtesy of RSS.

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