June 2016 Was 2nd Warmest June in Satellite Record: Global Temperature Trend Update

Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.12 C per decade



Although global temperatures fell rapidly from May to June as the El Niño Pacific Ocean warming event fades, June 2016 was nonetheless the second warmest June in the satellite temperature record, according to the press release from the University of Alabama Huntsville. June 2016 trailed June 1998 by 0.23 C, according to Dr. John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at UAH. Compared to seasonal norms, however, June 2016 was the 30th warmest month overall since the satellite temperature dataset began in December 1978.

June 2016 also was the second warmest on record in the Northern Hemisphere (0.51 C compared to June 1998 at 0.60 C above seasonal norms), but the eighth warmest June in the Southern Hemisphere and, despite the El Niño remnants, only the sixth warmest June in the tropics. The graphic below compares how temperature trends evolved during the big El Nino back in 1997/1998 and the current one that is now fading. If temperatures continue to decline as steeply, predictions that 2016 will be the warmest year in the satellite record will likely not come true.


Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.12 C per decade

June temperatures (preliminary)

Global composite temp.: +0.34 C (about 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for June.

Northern Hemisphere: +0.51 C (about 0.92 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for June.

Southern Hemisphere: +0.17 C (about 0.79 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for June.

Tropics: +.38 C (about 0.68 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for June.


For monthly satellite temperature data go here.

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  1. Goddammit, what’s it take to get to number one? All month I’ve been spraying into the atmosphere every aerosol can I could get my hands on.

    1. Burn more coal Fist.

    2. Then it’s your fault!

  2. 30 years is chickenshit

    100 years is chickenshit

    1,000 years is chickenshit

    10,000 years is chickenshit

    100,00 years and maybe you can have a meaningful discussion about apparent trends in an otherwise chaotic system

    1. Well the earth is a lot cooler now that is was 4.4 billion years ago when it was still in a molten state, so we are actually in a long term cooling trend.

  3. The 98 El Nino spike seemed to be part of a permanent increase in mean temperatures.

    Before it, you get overwhelming blue in the chart, and after it, overwhelming red.

    I’m interested to see if a similar pattern is displayed with this El Nino.

    Is temperature increase more of a stair stepping pattern, timed with El Ninos, instead of a constant increase?

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  4. Oh please let the temps keep dropping. I’ll jump out a window if I have to hear one more smug proclamation about this being the hottest year ever.

    1. If it makes you feel better, the temps where I live will stay about 10degrees below normal for the next week.

  5. I live in northern Illinois and I’m loving it. Warm good. Cold bad. The market has confirmed this truth, real estate in San Diego commands a higher price than it’s equivalent in Minnesota. I for one am doing everything possible to enlarge my carbon footprint. Good for home values around here.

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