NASA: Globally, June Was Second Warmest On Record


How hot was it in June? So hot that NASA reports the only warmer June in the global temperature record was 1998, a year juiced by both global warming and a super El Niño.

By contrast, 2013 has been hovering between a weak La Niña and ENSO-neutral conditions, which would normally mean below-average global average temperatures — if it weren’t for that pesky accumulation of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies reports the June 2013 surface temperature anomalies (compared to the 1951-1980 average):

Yes, parts of Antarctica were nearly off the charts. What could go wrong with that?

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21 Responses to NASA: Globally, June Was Second Warmest On Record

  1. BillD says:

    The public will be convinced when the next El Nino arrives.

  2. D. R. Tucker says:

    On the Green Front 7/17/13 (Featuring John Reaves of Citizens Climate Lobby)

  3. Joan Savage says:

    The Antarctica early winter anomaly raises three questions, at least!

    What might be changing in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current that usually contributes to the continent’s extreme winter cold?

    Is anything changing in the ozone and other high altitude conditions?

    How does a mid-continent warm anomaly compare with the Greenland history?

    I’m hoping the answers come before long.

    Somewhat OT, In rummaging around for a way to compare the Antarctic winter to Greenland’s milder winter temperatures, I found CRU has a monthly compilation record for Greenland; it is incomplete, 1784 – 2005, and doesn’t carry us up to the most recent summer melt anomalies, but it seems too interesting not to share.

  4. Joan Savage says:

    The Greenland historic temperatures are coastal, not mid-sub-continent, so please look at them as possible trend, not as a direct comparison.

  5. rollin says:

    At least we have an idea of what is going to happen in the near future. Whether our preparations are adequate or not, at least we have been warned.

    I think it is dismal that so little money is being spent on climate change studies and new sensor systems. The level of denial is strong and most do not want to deal with reality.

  6. Sasparilla says:

    Well said rollin.

  7. prokaryotes says:

    Winter warming in West Antarctica caused by central tropical Pacific warming

    The Pacific sector of Antarctica, including both the Antarctic Peninsula and continental West Antarctica, has experienced substantial warming in the past 30 years. An increase in the circumpolar westerlies, owing in part to the decline in stratospheric ozone concentrations since the late 1970s, may account for warming trends in the peninsula region in austral summer and autumn. The more widespread warming in continental West Antarctica (Ellsworth Land and Marie Byrd Land) occurs primarily in austral winter and spring, and remains unexplained. Here we use observations of Antarctic surface temperature and global sea surface temperature, and atmospheric circulation data to show that recent warming in continental West Antarctica is linked to sea surface temperature changes in the tropical Pacific.

    Over the past 30 years, anomalous sea surface temperatures in the central tropical Pacific have generated an atmospheric Rossby wave response that influences atmospheric circulation over the Amundsen Sea, causing increased advection of warm air to the Antarctic continent. General circulation model experiments show that the central tropical Pacific is a critical region for producing the observed high latitude response. We conclude that, by affecting the atmospheric circulation at high southern latitudes, increasing tropical sea surface temperatures may account for West Antarctic warming through most of the twentieth century.

  8. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    ‘Fraid not. The rational ones are already convinced, a tiny percent of ignoramuses is beginning to wake up, thanks to repeated blows to the head delivered by reality, but the Rightwing denialist hard-core will deny, and deny, and deny until the end of time.

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Most people, particularly in the materialistic and spiritually disconnected West, deny their own individual death, until the bitter end. So why not group denial, as well?

  10. Joan Savage says:


    The June 2013 temperature anomaly on the NASA map is most extreme to the east of the warming area previously identified in the Nature article.

  11. BillD says:

    My reference to the “public” refers neither to the scientifically informed nor the denialists, but a large majority who follow the popular culture and, like the popular media are unaware that a disaster is fast approaching. It would make a difference if 80% of Americans concluded that climate change is a big issue.

  12. Colorado Bob says:

    By the numbers

    • Fairbanks has never before had this many days with temperatures of 85 degrees or higher. So far this year, Fairbanks has seen 11 days where temperatures reached 85. That’s more than three times the average.

    • Nights also have been warmer than normal:

    Number of nights temps never fell below 60 degrees: 12

    Only 1975 had more.

    • Rainfall has been low:

    Inches of rainfall since May 1: 0.98

  13. Colorado Bob says:

    Climate Change 10,000 Times Faster Than Evolution

    What they found was that the species could handle a global temperature change of about one degree centigrade per million years. Their results appear in a paper in the latest issue of the journal Ecology Letters.

  14. prokaryotes says:

    Big Chunk of Antarctica Breaks Off – The signal of catastrophic sea level rise?

    An iceberg larger than Chicago broke off from West Antarctica last week. By itself that might be news. This one deserves special attention because it broke off of Pine Bay Glacier.

  15. Joan Savage says:

    Wikipedia has a map of Antarctica that shows the relevant areas in enough detail. We can track both the current news and the background that prokaryotes has found.

    The June 2013 temperature anomaly covers the three largest ice shelves, Ross, Ronne and Filchner and the South Pole.

  16. Rose says:

    That’s one reason I would love to see our taxes that now go to subsidies for fossil fuel go to clean energy, efficient and ubiquitous public transport and conservation measures. Sign the petition if you agree. Our lives depend on cleaning up our act NOW and dealing with the mess we’ve already set into motion.

  17. Hugh Campbell says:

    I wonder if anyone can divine the reason behind this “2nd vx 5th” dichotomy?

    Earth had fifth hottest June on record, report says