Last Month Was the World’s Fourth-Hottest July on Record

Indiana and Arkansas, however, experienced record cold.

NEW YORK - AUGUST 02: A thermometer in the sun on the sidewalk indicates a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit as people eat ice cream on the Upper West Side August 2, 2006 in New York City. Forecasters have called for high temperatures of 100 degrees in the city with the heat wave continuing through tomorrow. 
National Journal
Ben Geman
Aug. 18, 2014, 9:20 a.m.

Glob­al av­er­age tem­per­at­ures in Ju­ly were the fourth warmest ever, based on re­cords that go back to the late 1800s, ac­cord­ing to Na­tion­al Ocean­ic and At­mo­spher­ic Ad­min­is­tra­tion data re­leased Monday. Av­er­age tem­per­at­ures in May and June were both the hot­test on re­cord.

Here’s NOAA on last month’s world­wide temps: “The av­er­age tem­per­at­ure across the world’s land and ocean sur­faces dur­ing Ju­ly 2014 was 0.64°C (1.15°F) above the 20th-cen­tury av­er­age, the fourth highest for Ju­ly on re­cord. The re­cord  warmest Ju­ly oc­curred in 1998, with a tem­per­at­ure that was 0.73°C (1.31°F) high­er than av­er­age.”

NOAA also notes that: “Eight of the 10 warmest Ju­lys have oc­curred with­in the past 10 years (2002 also ranks among the 10 warmest).”

Ac­cord­ing to NOAA and NASA, nine of the 10 warmest years on re­cord have oc­curred since the year 2000, as page 8 of this Janu­ary present­a­tion shows.

Ju­ly was the 353rd con­sec­ut­ive month with a glob­al tem­per­at­ure above last cen­tury’s av­er­age, NOAA said.

The data also re­veal re­gion-by-re­gion vari­ation””even with­in the U.S. “In the U.S., sev­er­al states in the West had a Ju­ly tem­per­at­ure among their 10 warmest, while in the Mid­w­est, In­di­ana and Arkan­sas each had their coolest Ju­ly in the 120-year peri­od of re­cord,” NOAA said. Over­all, 13 states had one of their 10 coolest Ju­lys on re­cord.

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