NOAA: Global Surface Temperature Was Second Warmest for September

October 15, 2009

Global surface temperature anomalies (degrees F) for the month of September 2009.

Global surface temperature anomalies (degrees F) for the month of September 2009.

Visualization of Arctic Sea Ice Extent.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the second warmest September on record, according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Based on records going back to 1880, the monthly National Climatic Data Center analysis is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides.

NCDC scientists also reported that the average land surface temperature for September was the second warmest on record, behind 2005. Additionally, the global ocean surface temperature was tied for the fifth warmest on record for September.           

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