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NOAA: May 2013 third-hottest on record

May 2013 was hot in much of the world. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration said recently that it was, in fact, the third-warmest May since record-keeping began in 1880. Only May 1998 and May 2005 were warmer.

NOAA was quite specific about the situation in May. The agency announced that “[t]he global land surface temperature was 1.11°C (2.00°F) above the 20th century average of 11.1°C (52.0°F), also the third warmest May on record.”

The situation at sea was not much better. “For the ocean,” according to NOAA, “the May global sea surface temperature was 0.49°C (0.88°F) above the 20th century average of 16.3°C (61.3°F), tying with 2003 and 2009 as the fifth warmest May on record.”

Here in the United States, the central and southeastern regions had a cooler-than-average May. So did Alaska. Regions that experienced higher than average temperatures were northern Siberia, western Russia, northern and eastern Europe, and central Australia.

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Graphic courtesy NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.

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