Earth swelters

From the NOAA:

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for July 2017 was the second highest for the month of July in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back 138-years to 1880. The year-to-date global temperature was also second warmest on record.

Map of global selected significant climate anomalies and events for July 2017

This monthly summary, developed by scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia and the public to support informed decision-making.

July 2017 Temperature

Map of global temperature percentiles for July 2017
  • The July temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.49°F above the 20th century average of 60.4°F, the second highest value for July in the 138-year period of record, behind 2016 by 0.09°F. July 2017 marks the 41st consecutive July and the 391st consecutive month with temperatures at least nominally above the 20th century average.
  • The July globally averaged land surface temperature was 2.16°F above the 20th century average of 57.8°F. This value was the highest July land global temperature in the 1880–2017 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2016 by 0.13°F. This was the 25th consecutive July and the 281st consecutive month with land temperatures at least nominally above the 20th century average.
  • The July globally averaged sea surface temperature was 1.24°F above the 20th century monthly average of 61.5°F. This was the third highest global ocean temperature for July in the record, behind 2016 and 2015. July 2017 marks the 41st consecutive July and the 490th consecutive month with ocean temperatures at least nominally above the 20th century average.

July 2017 Sea Ice

Maps of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extent in July 2017
  • The average Arctic sea ice extent for July was 610,000 square miles (16.1 percent) below the 1981–2010 average. This was the fifth smallest July sea ice extent since records began in 1979, according to an analysis by the National Snow and Ice Data Center(link is external) based on data from NOAA and NASA.
  • The Antarctic sea ice extent for July was 290,000 square miles (4.5 percent) below the 1981–2010 average. This was the smallest July Antarctic sea ice extent since records began in 1979. The July 2017 Antarctic sea ice extent was about 40,000 square miles smaller than the previous record set in 1986.

Year-to-Date (January–July 2017)

Map of global temperature percentiles for January to July 2017
  • The year-to-date temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.62°F above the 20th century average of 56.9°F. This was the second highest value for January–July in the 1880–2017 record, behind the record year of 2016 by 0.25°F.
  • The year-to-date globally averaged land surface temperature was 2.61°F above the 20th century average of 46.8°F. This was also the second highest for January–July in the 138-year record, behind 2016 by 0.45°F.
  • The year-to-date globally averaged sea surface temperature was 1.24°F above the 20th century average of 61.0°F. This was the second hiest for January–July in the record, behind 2016 by 0.20°F.


  1. reusachtigeMEMBER

    These facts are a conspiracy to reduce profits and implement global communism! Was devised by the Soviets and carried forth by the chinamen since.

    • DarkMatterMEMBER

      Nailed it!
      Global Warming – The True Story

      Ignore what the Loony Right says about the Kyoto Protocol. It is not a Japanese payback for cutting off their whale burgers. As everyone knows, Global Warming is real, and it’s a bad thing. What most people don’t know is the true story of how we got into this Greenhouse eco-mess. For that story we have to go back to the 1950’s and the golden age of the Soviet Union.

      The term “Cold War” was not just a reference to America and Russia’s failure to blow each other up – it really was a climate war. By sheer geographical misfortune the world’s best political system (communism) found itself situated in what can only be described as a frozen hellhole. Russia was cold and bleak. Where the US had Californian beaches, the USSR had Siberian tundra. Everything else was great. The Ruskys had an economy that ran like clockwork. Soviet citizens enjoyed an authoritarian bureaucratic style of government that westerners could only dream of. Yet, despite these attractions, the Soviet Union was by no means a popular destination – even for refugees. Where were the queues of the tired and poor, the huddled masses? Where were the boatloads of American wetbacks banging on the iron curtain begging for asylum? Nada, the sad truth was that the mighty Soviet Union had a climate problem. Through no fault of its own it was a frigid and frumpy cold weather superpower. Rejected even by the stateless.

      To add insult to injury, along came the sixties and popular western culture began to make the proud Soviet Union into a laughing stock. It started with TV shows like Hawaii 5-0 and Bonanza. Showcasing America’s great climate, we saw endless TV shots of sun-drenched sandy beaches and lush praries. Siberian themes were rare. Even the inhabitants of Gilligan’s Island seemed to be better off than your average Moscovite. Did you ever see climate issues raised on the Ponderosa?

      “Hey Pa, I think Hoss has done froze to death in the barn.”
      or maybe
      “Hey Pa, Little Jo is gonna be late fer supper ’cause he’s de-icing a yak in the south pasture.”

      No, Hollywood had no time for the sub-zero sub-plot.

      Worse was the wave of popular music. The Soviets banned western music not because it was immoral, but because it was humiliating. What chance was there of the Beach Boys writing a song titled “I wish they all could be Siberian Porkers”? No chance. Even when John Lennon tried to give them a bit of encouragement with “Back in the USSR” he stopped short of including the following lyrics:-

      Take me to your frozen wastelands way up north
      Let me milk your Daddy’s yak

      Without doubt this constant stream of meteorologic jibes and thermal put-downs was cruel and hurtful for all marxists above a certain latitude. It caused political instability.

      The Cuban Missile crisis was a cover story for a weather coup in the Kremlin. After decades of degrading cold weather, a so-called Warm Weather faction of the Politburo commandeered some ships and attempted to migrate to Cuba. Still reeling from the Beatles Invasion, President Kennedy feared a communist barrage of vodka fuelled polka music from Havanna, so he sent out the US Navy and turned them back. Under threat of nuclear retaliation the Soviets were made to dismantle all their oversized beach umbrellas along the Cuban coastline and go home.

      Obviously the Kremlin needed to act. They had tried invading neighbouring countries – but they were mostly frozen hellholes as well. As a last resort there was always the nuclear option. Send about 50 megatons of H-Bomb across the Atlantic and see if the Beach Boys could put that in a song title! Besides being a spiteful act, the ensuing nuclear winter was the last thing they wanted. The future looked bleak. Out of sheer desperation a devious plan was hatched that was to change the world. It was a simple plan. Pump billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and, as predicted by soviet scientists, the greenhouse effect would take over and heat the earth up. America would be reduced to a parched desert while the USSR would become a tropical paradise. Anyone who was a communist would live happily ever after. The question was how to generate this gas in vast quantities without anyone noticing. In a stroke of ideological genius the KGB deployed a diabolical climate weapon.


      By the mid sixties Western civilization had been seeded with covert, highly trained, carbon dioxide emitting feminists controlled by KGB agents disguised as academics and writers. The Soviets were poised to spring their trap. Most people fell for the story that burning the bra was an act of liberation. We now know better. In a matter of days countless women around the globe had set fire to their underwear, releasing millions tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This triggered an irreversible slide into Global Warming and from there it was all downhill. Women joined the workforce to churn out more and more CO2. Divorce skyrocketed requiring twice as many refrigerators, stoves, household appliances – and so on until western society was re-organized to efficiently produce carbon dioxide by the bucketloads! It is no accident that Australia produces world-class feminists like Germaine Greer AND we have the highest per capita Greenhouse emissions!

      What then of the future? Will we all be vying for a place in a new Marxist-Feminist Utopia in the jungles of Siberia? Not if the Left can help it! Strange as it may seem, the western descendents of the old USSR seem to be the last line of defence against a climate driven resurgence of global communism.

      Amazing isn’t it?

  2. ResearchtimeMEMBER

    Am I allowed to point out that we don’t have sea temperature data going back very far, and much of the land temperature data is now being “processed”… ???

    Do I personally think the world is warming up, yes. Am I overly worried about it – no, not really. We are adaptable – did you know we put a man on the moon… How cool is that!

  3. HadronCollision

    I know weather does not make for climate (I’ll never forget that Dolt Bolt arguing snow in the Vic Alps in January meant no AGW).

    However, in 6 years on the Northern Rivers, the increase in winter warmth has been noticeable.

    Mangos are flowing in July (!) and all the lawns need an absolute shellacking with the sprinkler.

    On the bike, I’ve worn arm/leg warmers but twice and the heater barely got a run.

    There has definitely been a non trivial uplift in trend baseline warmth.

    • bolstroodMEMBER

      Lismore yesterday’s top temp 31degrees C Wednesday 33 degreesC.
      in the middle of August

      • HadronCollision

        Tis very burnies.

        The red soil is not holding up well. Nectarines and apples much confused.

        No brown snakes yet but can’t be long.


        Need some rain too.

  4. So, can we expect palm trees in Antarctica anytime soon? The Goldie is, like, sooooo over-rated these days. Full of bogans too. I’d much rather share my vacation with a bunch of sweaty penguins.

  5. I had heard prediction of no Arctic sea ice by 2016. That did not happen. In fact it has been predicted to be ice free two years from the date of prediction since 2005. The so-called death spiral ended in 2012.

    Greenland has record ice accumulation during 2017:

    NOAA are at the forefront of world’s best practice temperature homegenisation. That is the subtle process whereby actual temperature records get massaged into official records that resembles the output of climate models. The Australian BoM is not quite up there with NOAA but they are trying hard to set new standards:
    To quote:
    “It has been reported online that electronic smart cards were allegedly fitted to the BoM’s automatic weather stations, which put a limit on how low temperatures could be recorded in official weather data. The BoM declined to comment ahead of the internal review.”

    Australia was forecast to be snow free by 2017. Reality is that snow has fallen at record levels in 2017:

    Here we are in mid August and Melbourne temperature did not make double figures today. It would be nice to have some global warming here.

  6. There is no doubt global warming is happening. The consensus from every reputable scientist says so, yet many choose not to believe this. I’m not sure why. If you are sick and you goto the doctor and he says you got high blood pressure or cancer, you can ignore his advice and label him a conspirator working for big pharma or actually try to do something about it. Global warming has had such bad rap because there are many industries on both sides trying to milk it for their advantages. For example, if I’m in the coal burning industry, I’m not going to want a green tax imposed on me, that will seriously jeopardize my profits, so I’m going to go out and back campaigns that call for global warming BS. On the other hand, if I’m Goldman sachs, I would be milking green energy schemes (which is what they have been doing). Just enjoy it whilst it last, we are living in the best century in mankinds history. At the rate we are doing, most metals will be gone by 2100 anyway. Silver/copper has 30 years tops, then oil and the rest will become history.