NOAA: Warmest April Global Temperature on Record

Also Warmest January-April

May 17, 2010

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for both April and for the period from January-April, according to NOAA. Additionally, last month’s average ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for any April, and the global land surface temperature was the third warmest on record.

The monthly analysis from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, which is based on records going back to 1880, is part of the suite of climate services that NOAA provides government, business and community leaders so they can make informed decisions.

Global Temperature Highlights – April 2010

Temperature Anomalies April 2010.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Other Highlights


High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

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Additional Information

April 2010 Global State of the Climate – Supplemental Figures & Information

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