Dec 17, 2015

November 2015: Earth's Warmest November and 2nd Warmest Month of Any Kind on Record

by
Jeff Masters
,
Weather Underground
Departure of temperature from average for November 2015, the warmest November for the globe since record keeping began in 1880. Record warmth was observed over the Caribbean, most of equatorial and northeastern South America and parts of southeastern Asia. Parts of the Barents Sea in the Arctic and much of the Indian Ocean were also record warm. Image credit: National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) .
Departure of temperature from average for November 2015, the warmest November for the globe since record keeping began in 1880. Record warmth was observed over the Caribbean, most of equatorial and northeastern South America and parts of southeastern Asia. Parts of the Barents Sea in the Arctic and much of the Indian Ocean were also record warm. Image credit: National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) .

November 2015 was Earth’s warmest November on record by a huge margin, according to data released by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) on Thursday. November 2015 also had the second largest positive departure of temperature from average of any month among all 1631 months in the historical record that began in January 1880; only last month (October 2015) was more extreme. As shown in the table below, October and November 2015's 0.97°C and 0.99°C departures from the 20th Century average beat the next eight runners-up by an unusually large margin, underscoring how unusual and extreme the current surge in global temperatures is.