On Monday, NOAA released their monthly State of the Climate report. The report is produced by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center and is meant to provide “decision-makers at all levels of the public and private sectors with data and information on climate trends and variability including perspectives on how the climate of today compares to the past.” In the May 2014 report, the month was found to be hotter than any May in recorded history. Temperature records date back to 1880.
The average global temperature for last month was 59.93 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking the previous heat record set in 2010. Ocean waters also set a new record for the month.
The United States as a whole only experienced a May only one degree hotter than its twentieth-century average. California, however, which is in the midst of a historic drought, has experienced a record-setting heat in the first five months of the year, with temperatures five degrees hotter than normal.
April 2014 did not break any records, but it did tie with 2010 for the hottest April on record.
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