As we continue to enjoy what many would consider a mild summer in Central Texas, this is not the case around the globe.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), June 2014 was the hottest June ever recorded in 134 years of measurement. This makes it the third-consecutive hottest month on record worldwide.
The red color on the map above from NOAA shows that hotter-than-average temperatures were observed across much of the globe.
NOAA looked at the temperatures observed on the ocean surface and on land, and found that the overall average temperature around the world last month was 61.2º Fahrenheit, which is 1.3ºF above the typical June average (59.9ºF).
Austin, however, was an exception to the global trend. Our average temperature last month was 0.2ºF cooler than the typical June (82.0ºF versus 82.2ºF).
This global observation for the month of June fits a distinct trend. Of the last 12 months, four have been the hottest ever observed. The world has not had a month featuring below-average temperatures since February 1985
Worldwide ocean/land temperature averages (and departure from monthly 100-year normals) over the past 12 months (courtesy: National Climatic Data Center):
|July||61.5ºF (+1.10ºF), 6th hottest on record|
|August||61.22ºF (+1.12ºF), 4th hottest on record (tie, 2005)|
|September||60.15ºF (+1.15ºF), 4th hottest on record (tie, 2003)|
|October||58.23ºF (+1.13ºF), 7th hottest on record|
|November||56.6ºF (+1.4ºF), hottest on record|
|December||55.15ºF (+1.15ºF), 3rd hottest on record|
|January||54.77ºF (+1.17ºF), 4th hottest on record|
|February||54.64ºF (+0.74ºF), 21st hottest on record|
|March||55.38ºF (+1.28ºF), 4th hottest on record|
|April||58.09ºF (+1.39ºF), hottest on record (tie, 2010)|
|May||59.93ºF (1.33ºF), hottest on record|
|June||61.2ºF (+1.3ºF), hottest on record|