Global Climate Report - May 2016
2016 year-to-date temperatures versus previous years

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2016 year-to-date temperatures versus previous years


This graphic compares the year-to-date temperature anomalies for 2016 (black line) to what were ultimately the seven warmest years on record: 2015, 2014, 2010, 2013, 2005, 2009, and 1998. Each month along each trace represents the year-to-date average temperature anomaly. In other words, the January value is the January average temperature anomaly, the February value is the average anomaly of both January and February, and so on. The average global land and ocean surface temperature for January–May 2016 was the warmest such period on record across the world's land and ocean surfaces, at 1.08°C (1.94°F) above the 20th century average of 13.1°C (55.5°F), surpassing the previous record set in 2015 by 0.24°C (0.43°F).

The anomalies themselves represent departures from the 20th century average temperature. The graph zooms into the warmest part of the entire history.

2016 year-to-date anomalies through may compared to seven warmest years on record
Global Year to Date Temperature Anomalies


Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Global Climate Report for May 2016, published online June 2016, retrieved on June 16, 2019 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201605/supplemental/page-2.

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