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State of the Climate - Global Analysis - August 2009 (2nd highest ocean average surface temperature)
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/?report=global&year=2009&...

State of the Climate
Global Analysis
August 2009

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Climatic Data Center


Global Highlights

  • The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for August 2009 was 0.62C (1.12F) above the 20th century average of 15.6C (60.1F). This is the second warmest such value on record, behind 1998. August 2009 was the 31st consecutive August with an average global surface temperature above the 20th century average. The last August with global temperatures below the 20th century average occurred in 1978.

  • The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for June-August 2009 was the third warmest on record for the season, 0.59C (1.06F) above the 20th century average of 15.6C (60.1F).

  • For the year to date, the combined global land and ocean surface temperature of 14.5 C (58.3 F) tied with 2003 as the fifth-warmest January-August period on record. This value is 0.55C (0.99F) above the 20th century average.

  • The worldwide ocean surface temperature for August 2009 was the warmest on record for August, 0.57C (1.03F) above the 20th century average of 16.4C (61.4F).

  • The seasonal (June-August 2009) worldwide ocean surface temperature was also the warmest on record, 0.58C (1.04F) above the 20th century average of 16.4C (61.5F).

  • In the Southern Hemisphere, both the August 2009 average temperature for land areas, and the Hemisphere as a whole (land and ocean surface combined), represented the warmest August on record.

  • A weak El Nio persisted across the equatorial Pacific Ocean during August 2009. Consequently, sea surface temperatures across the equatorial Pacific Ocean were between 0.7-1.0C (1.3-1.8F) above average during the month. According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, El Nio is expected to strengthen and last through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2009-2010.


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