NOAA report shows combined land and ocean temperatures for January were 1 degree above 20th century average
As Donald Trump and Glenn Beck (along with the rest of Fox News) declare an end to global warming, the real world of climate science carries on: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's "State of the Climate: Global Analysis" for January 2010, the combined global land and ocean surface temperature for January was 1.08°F (0.60°C) above the 20th century average, making it the fourth warmest January since recordkeeping began in 1880.
And in the southern hemisphere---the 'other' half of the planet, where 10 percent of the world's population lives---combined land and ocean temps showed the second warmest January on record.
But wait, there's more.
Climate Progress points out that the January 2010 satellite data show temperatures in the lowest troposphere were the warmest in 32 years -- the warmest since the satellite began collecting temperature data.
While global land-based temperature were not as anomalous (the 12th warmest), worldwide ocean surface temperature for January 2010 was the second warmest on record. The report goes on to credit some of the global ocean warming to the persistence of a strong El Niño in the equatorial Pacific.
Southeastern US, Europe and northern Australia cooler than average
As shown in the NOAA dot maps, warmer-than-average temperatures during January dominated much of the world's land areas. According to NOAA, "the warmest anomalies occurred in the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, specifically in Canada, the western contiguous U.S., and parts of northern Russia."
So, what has been fueling the climate skepticism from the Mid-Atlantic to the southeast is likely the same thing that has been fueling skepticism in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe: Cooler-than-average conditions were present across western Alaska, the southeastern contiguous U.S., northern Australia, and most of Europe and Russia. The UK's Met Office says the UK as a whole had its coolest January since 1987.
All this is further evidence that just because it is colder on your front doorstep, doesn't mean it is colder on everyone's front doorstep.
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