November 2019 was 2nd hottest on record for the planet

December 16, 2019
From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Moreover, both the season (September through November) and the year to date (January through November) were each the second hottest in recorded history, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

The exceptional heat also was felt at both ends of the world: Sea ice coverage across the Arctic and Antarctic oceans fell to near-record lows in November.

Here’s more from NOAA’s latest monthly global climate report:

Climate by the numbers
November 2019

The average global land and ocean surface temperature for November 2019 was 1.66 degrees F (0.92 of a degree C) above the 20th-century average and the second-highest November temperature on record, just shy of November of 2015.

In fact, the world’s five hottest Novembers have all occurred since 2013.

The average global sea surface temperature in November was 1.39 degrees F (0.77 of a degree C) above average — the second-highest temperature for November on record, behind November 2015.

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