NCDC Releases October 2013 Global Climate Report
According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature for October 2013 was the seventh warmest October since recordkeeping began in 1880. It also marked the 37th consecutive October and 344th consecutive month (more than 28 years) with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average October global temperature was October 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985.
Most areas of the world’s land surface experienced warmer-than-average monthly temperatures, with the most notable warmth across Alaska, northwestern Canada, northwestern Africa, and parts of north central and southern Asia. However, some locations across the globe experienced near average to much-cooler-than-average conditions, including most of the western half of the United States, northern parts of the Middle East, western Russia and the Russian Far East. No regions of the globe’s land surface experienced record cold temperatures.
This monthly summary from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, the business sector, academia, and the public to support informed decision-making.