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The Climate of 1998
Average Global Temperature
vs. Previous Record for each Month
January - May

Climate Perspectives Branch, Global Climate Lab
National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC
June 10, 1998
Average Global Temperature 1998 vs. Previous Record

During the past few decades, global temperatures have persistently broken previous record highs every few years, but never to the extent observed in 1998. Each month this year has set a new all-time record high global temperature. This is unprecedented and is not likely to occur in a stationary climate. New analyses of tree-rings, historical records, and other proxy measurements indicate that these temperatures are warmer than the planet has experienced for at least the last 600 years.

See Also...

January-May: Record-breaking Warmth Continues
April Anomaly Doubles previous record warm anomaly globally
January-March warmest on record globally; Wetter but cooler-than-normal in US.
Warmest February on record globally
January and February, 1998, warmest and wettest on record in US

For further information on the climate of 1998, contact:

    Mike Crowe
    NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
    151 Patton Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801-5001
    fax: 828-271-4328

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