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Climate Change: July 2017 and July 2016 Tied for Warmest in 137 Years – NASA

Ernst Undesser
From NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies September 7, 2017

Climate Change: July 2017 and July 2016 Tied for Warmest in 137 Years – NASA

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July 2017 was statistically tied with July 2016 as the warmest July in the 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

Last month was about 0.83 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean July temperature of the 1951-1980 period. Only July 2016 showed a similarly high temperature (0.82 °C), all previous months of July were more than a tenth of a degree cooler.

Starting with this update, the previously used ocean data set ERSST v4 was replaced by the newer ERSST v5. This contributed to the changes of some of the data in last month’s update. For more information, see the Updates to Analysis and the History Pages.

The monthly analysis by the GISS team is assembled from publicly available data acquired by about 6,300 meteorological stations around the world, ship- and buoy-based instruments measuring sea surface temperature, and Antarctic research stations.

The modern global temperature record begins around 1880 because previous observations didn’t cover enough of the planet. Monthly analyses are sometimes updated when additional data becomes available, and the results are subject to change.

A global map of the June 2017 LOTI (land-ocean temperature index) anomaly, relative to the 1951-1980 June average. View larger image.

A global map of the June 2017 LOTI (land-ocean temperature index) anomaly, relative to the 1951-1980 June average. Click Image to Enlarge

The GISTEMP monthly temperature anomalies superimposed on a 1980-2015 mean seasonal cycle.

The GISTEMP monthly temperature anomalies superimposed on a 1980-2015 mean seasonal cycle. Click Image to Enlarge


Source: : https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2618/july-2017-equaled-record-july-2016/

Ernst Undesser
From NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies September 7, 2017