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Warmest September ever recorded worldwide

15 Oct 2005

September 2005 was the warmest since 1880, the beginning of reliable instrumental records, according to data just published by the US government's National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The average global temperature for combined land and ocean surfaces for September (based on preliminary data) was 1.13 degrees F (0.63 degrees C) above the 1880-2004 long-term mean.

Land surface temperatures were highest on record for September with temperatures more than 5 degrees F (2.8 degrees C) above normal across large parts of Asia and North America. Ocean temperatures were third highest on record.

The second warmest September was in 2003 with an anomaly of 1.02 degrees F (0.57 degrees C) above the mean.

The 10 warmest years ever recorded have all occurred since 1990.

See the NOAA story here

See a an NOAA map of extreme weather events in September here



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