It may be the snowpocalypse in Buffalo, but the latest global analysis from NOAA's National Climate Data Center reports global temperatures since January to be the warmest ten calendar months on record.

November 2013 to October 2014 was also the warmest 12-month period since bookkeeping began in 1880.


Meanwhile, combined sea and land temperatures in October were the warmest ever documented:

With records dating back to 1880, the global temperature averaged across the world's land and ocean surfaces for October 2014 was the highest on record for the month, at 0.74°C (1.33°F) above the 20th century average. This also marks the third consecutive month and fifth of the past six with a record high global temperature for its respective month (July was fourth highest).

The record high October temperature was driven by warmth across the globe over both the land and ocean surfaces and was fairly evenly distributed between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The Southern Hemisphere was record warm overall with a record high land surface temperature for the month. The Northern Hemisphere was third warmest on record for October, with a record high average sea surface temperature.

At this rate, and you've got a recipe for the warmest year Driven by record warm oceans, combined sea and land temperatures in October were the warmest on record.


"This is truly global scale warmth that we see and it's consistent with what we'd expect with increasing greenhouse gases," said Deke Arndt, chief of climate monitoring at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, in an interview with NBC News. Arndt said.

"It is becoming pretty clear that 2014 will end up as the warmest year on record," he said. "The remaining question is by how much."

[NOAA via NBC]