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NASA releases October global temperature data

11/16/2016, 9:45:14 PM

October 2016 was the 2nd warmest October on record for land/ocean surface combined, according to the folks at NASA GISS.

Last month averaged 0.89 degrees C. above the 1951-1980 average, placing it only behind October 2015, which averaged a whopping 1.07 degrees C. above normal.

October 2016 global temperature anomalies. Note the warmth over the North Pole. Image courtesy NASA.

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In terms of land surface only, October 2016 was the warmest October on record (basically a statistical tie), averaging 1.20 deg. C. above normal. The previous record was +1.19 deg. C. set in October 2015.

Image courtesy NASA GISS.

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2016 will easily be the warmest year on record

Despite having two more months of record to go, we can say with certainty that 2016 will end up as the warmest year on record globally going back to 1880.

Through the month of October, 2016 is averaging 1.02 degrees C. above normal globally for land/ocean surface. Compare this to last year's record warm temperature anomaly of +0.87 deg. C. It will not be close!

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