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How did July 2012 Temperatures Rank Globally?

8/13/2012, 9:54:35 AM

NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has just released their combined, global land/ocean surface temperature anomaly data for July 2012.

Globally, for land/ocean surface combined, July 2012 averaged 0.47 degrees C. (0.85 F) above the 1951-1980 average, making last month the 13th warmest July on record. Records go back to 1880.


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The highest anomalies were once again in the northern hemisphere and centered over North America and a large part of Asia. Much of Antarctica, Australia and southern South America were colder than normal.

In terms of the northern hemisphere land/ocean combined, July 2012 averaged 0.75 C or 1.35 F above normal, making it the 3rd warmest on record.

However, if we only consider the land masses of North America it was the 2nd warmest July on record with an anomaly of +0.97 C or 1.75 F.

The Southern Hemisphere averaged 0.19 C or .34 F above average for July 2012.

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