Are Warmer-Than-Average Months the New Normal?October 2012 is the 332nd consecutive month with above average temperatures
As winter approaches and temperatures begin to drop, ponder this tidbit as you bundle up in coats and scarves for the onslaught of cold: The mercury might be dipping, but across the globe, monthly average temperatures are still warmer than average.
This rise in average temperatures is not a recent phenomenon. In fact, October 2012 is the 332nd consecutive month with an above-average temperature, according to NOAA's most recent report. More specifically, the last month with a below average temperature was February 1985.
Step back and consider it from this perspective, as the folks at Grist.org have done - if you're 27 years old or younger, you've never lived through a colder-than-average month.
While October 2012 ranks as the eighth-warmest October on record, with temperatures measuring 1.66 degrees Fahrenheit above average, over-land temperatures weren't the only ones to be above normal, according to NOAA:
These warmer sea surface temperatures, coupled with higher-than-average over-land temperatures between April and September, have given the first 10 months of 2012 the ranking of eighth warmest period on record.
The October global sea surface temperature was 0.94°F above the 20th century average of 60.6°F. This ties with 2004 as the fourth highest on record for October.
Perhaps one less winter layer will need to be worn this season.
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