Earth just experienced hottest June ever recorded

A map showing global temperature data for June 2014. National Climatic Data Center.


A map showing global temperature data for June 2014. National Climatic Data Center.

Writes Brian Kahn at Climate Central: "The world just experienced its hottest June on record. The heat was driven in large by part by the hottest ocean temperatures since recordkeeping began more than 130 years ago. That makes this the third-warmest start to the year." I'm sure it's nothing.

When looking at land areas only, this was the 7th-hottest June. Temperatures averaged over land were 1.7°F above average.

It’s the ocean surface temperatures that put the month over the top. Temperatures were 1.2°F above average. That’s a smaller number than the 1.7°F land averages, but oceans tend to lag behind air temperatures. And despite being a smaller number, oceans cover 70 percent of the planet, which tend to give them more weight on global temperatures.

"Driven by Ocean Heat, World Sets Mark for Hottest June" [climatecentral.org]

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  1. mr_h says:

    BUT IT WAS MODERATELY COLDER FEELING THAN I REMEMBER IT BEING THIS TIME OF THE YEAR IN THE PAST! Must be a conspiracy by the scientists to take away my SUV.

  2. Lost me at "warmists."

  3. Raoul says:

    There are a lot of impressive sounding words in that word salad - but it makes no sense.

    For instance, "Volcanic behaviour is random, i.e. it is “stochastic” meaning “governed by the laws of probability”" is just garbage. If something is truly random (and at the scales underwater volcanic activity is taking place, it is), then it is by definition not governed by probability.

    Also the idea that underwater volcanic activity affects the heat balance of the global oceans outside localized areas is laughable and is clutching at straws by someone (often an engineer) desperate to sound smart about something he (and it's almost always a he) has spent no time studying.

    Models are designed to abstract natural systems to study their behavior. Models are constantly tweaked, refined, and tested, because that's how the science and process works. People like this don't understand that.

  4. I object to the idea that Engineers don't know how to use abstract models given its what we do all the time.

    I would suggest the above commenter just denies climate change exists and not generalilse about a community of hard working people.

    That said what HannesAlfven said is rubbish.

  5. Raoul says:

    Good point - let me be a little clearer.

    There is a small subset of engineers who believe that their training and mechanistic view of the world enable them to better judge natural phenomena than those who have spent decades studying those processes.

    I did not mean to say that all or most engineers think this way (and apologize if it came across like that). My observation has been that the people who think they have found the "simple" or "obvious" flaw in decades of climatic science are almost always middle-aged male engineers or computer scientists who have none of the basic background in any of the fields of study which they are criticizing.

    The vast majority of engineers are hard-working, educated people who recognize the limits of their experience and knowledge - the same as the vast majority of climate scientists and modelers.

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