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Climate Top Tens: October 2012 was 5th Warmest for Globe, Near-Normal for U.S.

By November 25, 2012

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Thanks largely to above-average temperatures across Argentina, Australia, and Central and SE Europe, worldwide land and ocean temperatures were 1.13 ░F (0.63 ░C) above their 20th century normal of 57.1 ░F (14 ░C). áThis ties October 2008 as the 5th warmest October on record.

The month of October was also notable for the U.S., but for modest rather thanáanomalousáreasons. It was a month whose temperatures for the most part felt seasonally appropriate! In fact, temperatures averaged 0.3░ F below-average, making October the first month since May 2011 to have near-normal temperatures.

October's temperatures ended a 16-month streak of warmer-than-usual monthly temps for the contiguous U.S. This year's January-October period now marks the warmest such period of any year on record.

Read the full NCDC national and global climate reports for October.

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