While dangerously cold air, ice, and snow are affecting the eastern two thirds of the United States in January, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is taking a look back at a November that had the highest average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces ever recorded for that month.
According to NOAA, the combined temperature of 56.6°F breaks the previous record set back in 2004 for hottest November in the 134 years of record by 1.4 degrees. The global land temperature for November 2013 was the second warmest on record, behind only 2010 while the November average ocean temperature ties 2009 for third warmest at 61.37°F which is almost a full degree above the 20th century average.
November was not the only warm month in 2013. The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature from January to November was reported to be 58.32°F, tying with 2002 as the fourth hottest such period on record. 2013’s average temperature bests the 20th century average by 1.12°F.
Though some areas including Northern Australia, parts of North America, and parts of the Southern Ocean near South America were cooler than average, NOAA reports that no regions of the globe were record cold.