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> Subject: NOAA: Global Surface Temperature Was Second Warmest for
> Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 16:41:17 -0400
> From: NOAA Communications <[log in to unmask]>
> Organization: NOAA Office of Communications
> Contact: John Leslie *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
> 301-713-2087, ext. 174 October 15, 2009
> *NOAA: Global Surface Temperature Was Second Warmest for September *
> * *
> The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the second
> warmest September on record, according to NOAA’s National Climatic
> Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Based on records going back to 1880,
> the monthly National Climatic Data Center analysis is part of the
> suite of climate services NOAA provides.
> NCDC scientists also reported that the average land surface
> temperature for September was the second warmest on record, behind
> 2005. Additionally, the global ocean surface temperature was tied for
> the fifth warmest on record for September.
> *Global Temperature Highlights*
> * The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was 1.12
> degrees F above the 20th century average of 59.0 degrees F.
> Separately the global land surface temperature was 1.75 degrees F
> above the 20th century average of 53.6 degrees F.
> * Warmer-than-average temperatures engulfed most of the world’s land
> areas during the month. The greatest warmth occurred across Canada
> and the northern and western contiguous United States.
> Warmer-than-normal conditions also prevailed across Europe, most
> of Asia and Australia.
> * The worldwide ocean temperature tied with 2004 as the fifth
> warmest September on record, 0.90 degree F above the 20th century
> average of 61.1 degrees F. The near-Antarctic southern ocean and
> the Gulf of Alaska featured notable cooler-than-average
> * *
> *Other Highlights*
> * Arctic sea ice covered an average 2.1 million square miles in
> September - the third lowest for any September since records began
> in 1979. The coverage was 23.8 percent below the 1979-2000
> average, and the 13^th consecutive September with below-average
> Arctic sea ice extent.
> * Antarctic sea ice extent in September was 2.2 percent above the
> 1979-2000 average. This was the third largest September extent on
> record, behind 2006 and 2007.
> * Typhoon Ketsana became 2009’s second-deadliest tropical cyclone so
> far, claiming nearly 500 lives across the Philippines, Cambodia,
> Laos and Vietnam. The storm struck the Philippines on September
> 26, leaving 80 percent of Manila submerged.
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> world's climate. The data have a wide range of practical uses, from
> helping farmers know what and when to plant, to guiding resource
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