Are you younger than 28? If so, you've never lived a month of below average temperature

hosing off in a heat wave photo
CC BY-SA 2.0 Guian Bolisay

Global temps on the rise

According to the National Climate Data Center (NCDC), part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, the government loves its acronyms), the month of June was another addition to the top of the list for global temps:

  • The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for June 2013 tied with 2006 as the fifth highest on record, at 0.64°C (1.15°F) above the 20th century average of 15.5C (59.9°F).
  • The global land surface temperature was 1.05°C (1.89°F) above the 20th century average of 13.3C (55.9°F), marking the third warmest June on record. For the ocean, the June global sea surface temperature was 0.48°C (0.86°F) above the 20th century average of 16.4°C (61.5°F), the 10th warmest June on record.
  • The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for the January–June period (year-to-date) was 0.59°C (1.06°F) above the 20th century average of 13.5°C (56.3°F), tying with 2003 as the seventh warmest such period on record.

As QZ writes: "In June the earth’s surface was warmer than the 20th century average for the month for the 340th time in a row." (emphasis mine)

This means that if you were born after Feb. 1985, you’ve never experienced a month of below average global temperatures. Considering TreeHugger's demographics, that's a lot of you reading this!

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