Each month, we will provide information regarding the previous month’s climate. Overall, preliminary data indicates that July 2014 (land and ocean surfaces combined) was the fourth warmest July since records began in 1880.
Dataset: 20140825 EarthNow: July 2014 Highlights
Dataset: 20140825 EarthNow: AUDIO July 2014 Highlights
This dataset shows some of the major July weather and climate highlights from the National Climatic Data Center’s (NCDC) monthly global climate analysis, and serves as an overview of what can be discussed in the datasets that follow. Highlights are noted below.
- United States: 34 percent of CONUS was in drought, while many states in the nations mid-section had their top 10-ten coolest Juy
- Australia: Below average precipitation, Queensland was 86% below
- France: Wettest July on record
- Norway: Warmest July on record
Global Temperature Anomalies Dataset
Dataset: 20140825 EarthNow: July 2014 Temperature Anomaly
Dataset: 20140825 EarthNow: AUDIO July 2014 Temperature Anomaly
- Using the real-time Monthly Temperature Anomalies dataset is a great way to convey where some of the warmer and cooler than average areas were in July, including those mentioned above in the highlights.
- The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for July 2014 was the fourth warmest on record.
Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies Dataset
Dataset: 20140825 EarthNow: July 2014 SST Anomaly
Dataset: 20140825 EarthNow: AUDIO July 2014 SST Anomaly
- The real-time sea surface temperature anomaly dataset is a great way to visualize the El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the eastern Pacific Ocean, neither were present in July.
- Remember blues indicate cooler than average temperatures and reds indicate warmer than average temperatures (white: average).
- Global water temperatures were the warmest ever for the month of June.
- NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center indicates a 65% chance that El Niño conditions will develop during the fall or winter. (lower % than last month)
Snow and Ice Cover Dataset
Dataset: 20140825 EarthNow: July 2014 Snow and Ice Cover
Dataset: 20140825 EarthNow: AUDIO July 2014 Snow and Ice Cover
- Aside from helping to illustrate seasonal changes, the real-time Snow and Ice Cover dataset is a great way to convey sea ice change through time, including discussing how the current sea ice extent compares to other noteworthy years.
- The Arctic sea ice extent for July 2014 was fourth smallest since satellite records began in 1979.
- In Antarctic, the sea ice extent was the largest on record for the month of July.
- Also be sure to check out the newest 3-month seasonal outlooks for September-November 2014.
- Global Temperature Outlook
- Global Precipitation Outlook
- U.S. Drought Outlook
Where do I find the datasets?
First, check your SOS system to make sure it’s not already in the EarthNow category.
If not, you can download the datasets and playlist files from this FTP Site.
Then download and use playlist files at the top of the page (or create your own) and make sure they are in /home/sos/sosrc or /home/sosdemo/sosrc.
Helpful Resources for More Information
NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: Global Analysis for July 2014, published online August 2014, retrieved on August 12, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/.