Last Month Tied for Globe’s Hottest April
This past April tied 2010 for the hottest April on record according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The record heat has the globe on track for its sixth-warmest year to-date and marks the 350th month in a row of above average global temperatures. Data released on Tuesday show that the global average temperature was 1.39°F above the 20th-century average for April.
The Upper Midwest and Northeast were some of the only cooler-than-normal spots on the planet, continuing a pattern that’s been true for much of the winter. Parts of eastern Russia experienced record heat for the month, with temperatures up to 9°F above normal. Eastern Australia and temperatures across parts of the ocean also experienced record warmth.
The 1.39°F departure from normal also makes this April one of the 10 most anomalously warm months ever recorded. The record belongs to February 1998, when El Niño conditions helped bump the global average temperature 1.55°F above normal.
El Niño has the potential to develop later this year, but current conditions in the eastern tropical Pacific, where El Niño develops, aren’t quite there yet. If it does develop, El Niño could help keep global temperatures high or push them even higher.
NOAA's report also showed this was the sixth-warmest start to the year since recordkeeping began in 1880. While the globe is on track for one of its top 10-warmest years, the U.S. national temperature is near average ranking, thanks to a chilly winter for the eastern half of the country.