The Heat Goes On

By Tom Yulsman | August 21, 2013 11:41 pm

Source: National Climatic Data Center

July marked the 341st consecutive month that the average global temperature was warmer than the long-term average, according to the National Climatic Data Center’s State of the Climate report for July.

Overall, it was the sixth warmest July since record-keeping began in 1880.

Some details from the report:

Most of the world’s land surfaces were warmer than average during July, with northern South America, the western and northeastern United States, much of Africa, western and central Europe, parts of southern Asia, and most of Australia classified as much warmer than average, as indicated by the Land and Ocean Temperature Percentiles map above. Parts of the central and southeastern United States, small regions across northern Canada, eastern Greenland, and parts of Mongolia and eastern Russia were cooler than average.

So, what are you thinking? Will the heat keep on keepin’ on?


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  • CJ

    The planet is cooling not warming In a nutshell AGW theory has no relationship to reality.

    2899 Record cold temps vs 667 record warm temps in U.S. — From July 24 to August 19

    Professor Judith Curry of, the chair, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, on June 14, 2013: “Attention in the public debate seems to be moving away from the 15-17 year ‘pause’ to the cooling since 2002 (note: I am receiving inquiries about this from journalists). This period since 2002 is scientifically interesting, since it coincides with the ‘climate shift’ circa 2001/2002 posited by Tsonis and others. This shift and the subsequent slight cooling trend provides a rationale for inferring a slight cooling trend over the next decade or so, rather than a flat trend from the 15 yr ‘pause’.”…

    • Tom Yulsman

      CJ: The links you’ve provided appear to have nothing to do with the points you’ve made here. I might also add that Climate Depot isn’t exactly a reliable source of scientific information.

      • CJ

        The article is titled “The Heat Goes On” My two references included temperature data that refuted what the author was claiming. Instead of responding to the data you choose to smear the integrity of the source. Climate Depot is a very reliable resource of climate data by the way. The source of the data is from a group of meteorologists


        who track weather data 24/7.

        Also you neglected to mention the fact that

        Judith Curry is a well respected

        Climate Scientist “I am Professor and Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at theGeorgia Institute of Technology and President (co-owner) of Climate Forecast Applications Network (CFAN). I received a Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 1982. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, I held faculty positions at the University of Colorado, Penn State University and Purdue University. I currently serve on the NASA Advisory Council Earth Science Subcommittee and the DOE Biological and Environmental Science Advisory Committee, and have recently served on the National Academies Climate Research Committee and the Space Studies Board, and the NOAA Climate Working Group. I am a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union.



ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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