World's Hottest May is Now May 2014: NOAA

The planet continues its warming trends - expect wildfires to ride along the upswing, as well.

From the Source: 

"Last month was the hottest May in more than 130 years of recorded weather history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday in its monthly state of the climate report, as May 2014 surpassed the previous record high for the month set in 2010.
The world's combined land and ocean temperature for May was 1.33°F above the 20th century average of 58.6°F, NOAA reported, adding that four of the five warmest Mays have occurred in the past five years.

In the report, NOAA separates out temperature records for the world's land and ocean areas. On land last month, the world saw its fourth-hottest May on record with a global surface temperature 2.03°F above the 20th century average. The oceans saw their hottest May on record, with a temperature 1.06°F above the 20th century average.
 

  • The United Kingdom had its third-warmest spring on record, with temperature 2.3°F above the 20th century average
  • Norway saw its warmest spring since national records began in 1900, breaking its previous record set in 2002. The nation's average temperature for March to May 2014 was 4.1°F above the 1981-2010 average.
  • South Korea saw its warmest May on record, with a temperature 2.2°F above the 1981-2010 average."
  Above: Land & Ocean Temperature Departure from Average May 2014 Credit: NOAA

Above: Land & Ocean Temperature Departure from Average May 2014 Credit: NOAA