NASA: April 2016 was the 7th consecutive warmest month on record for Earth

NASA Data Shows Last Month Was the Hottest April on Record


April 2016 was the warmest April on record for the globe, according to data released on Saturday by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. This also marks the seventh consecutive month in a row in NASA's dataset that the earth has recorded its warmest respective month on record.

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The global temperature departure in April was 1.11 degrees Celsius above the 1951-1980 average. This crushed the previous April record set in 2010 by 0.24 degrees Celsius.

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NASA: April 2016 was the 7th consecutive warmest month on record for Earth

Defeating a previous record by a few tenths of a degree may not sound overwhelming, but in the world of climate statistics, computed from worldwide temperatures, this is yet another record-shattering figure.

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April 2016 temperature departures from average, in degrees Celsius, relative to 1951-1980 average. Brown/blue contours correspond to temperatures most above/below April averages. (NASA/GISS)

Every month from October 2015-April 2016 has now had a departure of 1 degree Celsius or greater above the 1951-1980 average used by NASA. The departure from average in a single month had never exceeded 1 degree Celsius prior to October dating back to 1880.


April 2016 also continues a string of 369 consecutive months at or warmer than average. The last colder-than-average month in NASA's database was July 1985

Parts of Alaska, Russia, western Greenland and northern Africa had a temperature departure of at least 4 degrees Celsius above the April average. A large portion of Asia, eastern Europe, Australia, northern Africa, Brazil, the northwestern United States, and western Canada had a temperature departure of 2 degrees Celsius or more above April's average.

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Though most of the world experienced warmer than average temperatures in April, there were a few cool spots. NASA's analysis showed that below-average temperatures were confined to parts of Antarctica, extreme southern South America, eastern Canada, and parts of the northern Pacific and northern Atlantic Oceans.

NASA's analysis is one of several used to track earth's temperatures on a monthly and annual basis. NOAA will release its findings on April 2016 on May 18.

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