June second month in a row to break temperature records
Posted by Clinton Hesler on 21st July 2014

Last month was Earth’s warmest June since 1880, when people first began recording the temperature. This will mark the second month in a row to set a world-record temperature, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The temperature for the month of June was a full 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. The worldwide average was 61.2 degrees Fahrenheit, while 20th century average was 59.9 degrees.

This past May, the record was broken with a worldwide temperature of 59.9 degrees. This is a full 1.33 degrees higher than its 20th century counterpart.

“The warmth was fueled by record warm ocean temperatures,” said Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist with the NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. Both the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean reached record-high temperatures, or were much warmer than the average for the month.

The oceans broke a monthly heat record of 62.7 degrees. NOAA climate monitoring chief Derek Arndt noted that it was the hottest the oceans have ever been, regardless of the month.

According to NOAA, June marked the 352nd month that the global temperature was above average. The heat has made 2014 tied with 2002 for the third hottest year on record.

“Since the beginning of 2014, every month except February has been among the four warmest,” explained Blunden.

Although June broke world records, it did not break any records in the US. Last month was the 33rd hottest June on record in the US, noted the NOAA.

It will interesting, if not a bit scary, to see just how many more temperature records 2014 breaks.