Summer 2016 Climate Digest


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.


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
EarthNow Team
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Climate Global Analysis and National Overview available at


Category: Climate, Climate Digest


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