NCDC Releases April 2014 Global Climate Report

April 2014 Global Land and Ocean Temperature Percentiles Map

The globally averaged temperature for April 2014 tied with 2010 as the highest since record keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA scientists. It also marked the 38th consecutive April and 350th consecutive month with a global temperature at or above the 20th century average. The last below-average April temperature was April 1976, and the last average or below-average temperature for any month was February 1985.

Many areas of the world were much warmer than average, with much of central Siberia observing temperatures more than 9°F (5°C) above the 1981-2010 average. This region, along with parts of eastern Australia and scattered regions in every major ocean basin, were record warm. Parts of southern and eastern Canada, the northern U.S., and southern Kazakhstan were cooler than average. No land areas were record cold as indicated by the Land and Ocean Percentiles map. than average. No land areas were record cold, as indicated by the Land and Ocean Percentiles map.

This monthly summary from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia and the public to support informed decision-making.

Major Climate Events NOAA is Closely Monitoring

  • According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC), there is a greater than 65 percent chance of El Niño conditions developing later this year, which could have significant impacts on temperature and precipitation patterns around the world. More information is available from the CPC.