16 May 2012
Ocean temperatures in April were the second warmest on record and this makes April the 427th month in a row with ocean temperatures above the average of the 20th century.
Here are the exact numbers from NOAA:
The U.S. Climate Extremes Index was at a record high for the January April period as well:
and NOAA says for the U.S.:
- The contiguous United States mean temperature during January–April was 7.4°C (45.4°F), which is 3.0°C (5.4°F) above the long-term average and the warmest such period since national records began in 1895.
Global temps. from January April 2012 were the 15th warmest on record. This in spite of the fact that a weak La Nina (colder than normal waters in the Equatorial Pacific).