November Was Hottest on Record

ICECAP, GREENLAND - AUGUST 28, 2007: (ISRAEL OUT) An aerial view of Greenlandic Icecap, August 28, 2007 near Ilulissat, Greenland. Scientists believe that Greenland, with its melting ice caps and disappearing glaciers, is an accurate thermometer of global warming. 
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Clare Foran
Dec. 18, 2013, 1:56 a.m.

The AP re­ports that last month was the hot­test Novem­ber on re­cord since sci­ent­ists began keep­ing track of tem­per­at­ure changes in 1880.

On av­er­age, the glob­al tem­per­at­ure for Novem­ber of 2013 was 56.6 de­grees Fahren­heit or 13.7 de­grees Celsi­us, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tion­al Ocean­ic and At­mo­spher­ic Ad­min­is­tra­tion; that num­ber clocks in at nearly 1.5 de­grees Fahren­heit high­er than the glob­al av­er­age for the pre­vi­ous cen­tury.

The plan­et is not heat­ing up uni­formly, however. Av­er­age tem­per­at­ures in cer­tain re­gions in North Amer­ica were ac­tu­ally be­low av­er­age. Mean­while, Cent­ral Amer­ica and the In­di­an Ocean ten­ded to see hot­ter tem­per­at­ures than the glob­al av­er­age.


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