Summer 2016 Climate Digest

Overview

The June through August 2016 average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 60.1 degrees Fahrenheit, —the highest temperature departure from average for June through August ever recorded, surpassing the summer of 2015 by 0.07 degree Fahrenheit.

Across the world’s oceans, the June through August average sea surface temperature was also the highest June through August on record.

Furthermore, August 2016 marked the 16th consecutive month of record warmth for the globe.

Summer 2016 temperatures for the contiguous United States tied with 2006 for the 5th warmest summer on record. Specifically, June was the warmest June on record, July was the 14th warmest ever recorded, and August was the fifth warmest since records began.

The outlook for Autumn 2016 calls for continued above normal temperatures.

Products

The quarterly climate digest, produced seasonally, consists of a short movie (3:42 minutes) made for SOS and an MP4 video accessible through YouTube.

You can download the SOS content from this FTP Site.

Content includes:

  • Global 3-month land temperatures
  • 3-month Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies
  • Contiguous U.S. Temperature and Precipitation Graphics
  • Temperature and Precipitation Outlooks for summer 2016
Helpful Resources for More Information
Credits:
EarthNow Team
NOAA
References:
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Climate Global Analysis and National Overview available at https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/

 

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Spring 2016 Climate Digest

Overview

The March through May 2016 average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.91 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 56.7 degrees Fahrenheit. This was the warmest spring ever recorded. Furthermore, May 2016 marked the 13th consecutive month with record warm global temperatures.

The contiguous United States observed its 6ᵗʰ warmest spring since records began. Specifically, March was the 4th warmest March on record, April was the 18th warmest and May was near normal.

According to the May 31 U.S. Drought Monitor report, 12.7 percent of the contiguous U.S. was in drought at the end of spring 2016. Extreme to exceptional drought was remained rooted in southern California.

The outlook for Summer 2016 calls for continued above normal temperatures.

Products

The quarterly climate digest, produced seasonally, consists of a short movie (3:42 minutes) made for SOS and an MP4 video accessible through YouTube, but none of the individual data-sets previously produced for the monthly climate digest product.

You can download the SOS content from this FTP Site.

Content includes:

  • Global 3-month land temperatures
  • 3-month Sea Surface Temperature (SST)
  • Contiguous U.S. Temperature and Precipitation Graphics
  • Temperature and Precipitation Outlooks for summer 2016
Helpful Resources for More Information
Credits:
EarthNow Team
NOAA
References:
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Climate Global Analysis and National Overview available at https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/

 

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Winter 2015-16 Climate Digest

This is the first quarterly Climate Digest which replaces our previous monthly Climate Digest product.

 

Overview

The December 2015 through February 2016 seasonal global temperature was the warmest Northern Hemisphere winter ever recorded. Several countries and some continents reported record warm temperatures, but no land areas observed record cold temperatures for the December to February period.

 Products

The quarterly climate digest, produced seasonally, consists of a short movie (3:42 minutes) made for SOS and an MP4 video accessible through YouTube, but none of the individual data-sets previously produced for the monthly climate digest product.

You can download the SOS content from this FTP Site.

Content includes:

  • Global 3-month land temperatures
  • 3-month Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies & El Niño information
  • Contiguous U.S. Temperature and Precipitation Graphics
  • Snowfall Totals from the record-setting January Blizzard in the Northeast U.S.
  • Temperature and Precipitation Outlooks for spring 2016

You can download the script here.

Helpful Resources for More Information
Credits:
EarthNow Team
NOAA
References:
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Climate Global Analysis and National Overview available at https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/

 

Category: Climate, Climate Digest, Seasonal Outlook, Uncategorized

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