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    October in Historical Perspective National Climatic Data Center

    17 November 2008 Global Analysis / Global Hazards / United States / U.S. Drought / Extremes

    Use these links to access detailed analyses of Global and U.S. data. Global Highlights: Based on preliminary data, the globally averaged combined land and sea surface temperature was the second warmest on record for October and ninth warmest on record for the January-October year-to-date period. October 2008 temperatures were above average in Australia, Asia, western U.S., eastern Europe, northern Canada, eastern Brazil, and the southern countries of South America. Meanwhile, cooler-than-average conditions were present across the United Kingdom, Iceland, eastern and southern Alaska, southern and eastern continental U.S., and parts of western Europe. Precipitation during October 2008 was variable in many areas. In general, precipitation was above average in Sri Lanka, southern India, central continental U.S., south-central and southeastern Russia, and across parts of the Caribbean, South America, and Europe. Drier-than-average conditions were observed across the Hawaiian Islands, Argentina, southern Chile, eastern Brazil, northwestern and eastern contiguous U.S., southeastern Australia, and across parts of Europe and southeastern Asia. El NiƱo-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions remained in a neutral phase during October. Contents of this Section: Introduction Global Temperatures Global Precipitation ENSO SST Analysis NH Snow Cover Extent Sea Ice Extent Troposphere Stratosphere References The data presented in this report are preliminary. Ranks and anomalies may change as more complete data are received and processed. The most current data may be accessed via the Global Surface Temperature Anomalies page. IntroductionTemperature anomalies for October 2008 are shown on the dot maps below. The dot map, below left, provides a spatial representation of anomalies calculated from the Global Historical Climatology Network (GHCN) data set of land surface stations using a 1961-1990 base period. The dot map, below right, is a product of a merged land surface and sea surface temperature anomaly analysis developed by Smith and Reynolds (2005). Temperature anomalies with respect to the 1961-1990 mean for land and ocean are analyzed separately and then merged to form the global analysis.

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    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2008/oct/global.htmlClimate of 2008
     
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