NOAA: Global temperatures 12th warmest on record for November

La Niña expected to continue through winter

December 15, 2011

Global surface temperature Anomalies - November 2011.

Global surface temperature Anomalies - November 2011.

High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)

The globe experienced its 12th warmest November since record keeping began in 1880. Arctic sea ice extent was the third smallest extent on record for November at 11.5 percent below average. Additionally, La Niña conditions continued throughout the month. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, La Niña is expected to continue through the winter.

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Global temperature highlights: November

Global temperature highlights: September – November

Global temperature highlights: Year to date

Global significant events for November 2011.

Global significant events for November 2011.

High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Polar sea ice and precipitation highlights

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* Included in this report: NOAA is now making it easier to find information about margins of error associated with its global temperature calculations. NCDC previously displayed this information in certain graphics associated with the report, but it will now publish these ranges in the form of “plus or minus” values associated with each monthly temperature calculation. These values are calculated using techniques published in peer-reviewed scientific literature. More information.