October 2013 was the seventh warmest October on record, according to the latest monthly report from the National Climatic Data Center.
In its State of the Climate report, NCDC said the average temperature across all land and ocean surfaces in October 2013 was the seventh warmest since records began in 1880, although land and ocean surfaces analyzed separately each yielded a ranking of eighth warmest since 1880.
Red boxes show areas where October 2013 was warmer than average. Blue boxes show areas where October 2013 was cooler than average.
For the Northern Hemisphere, it was the sixth warmest October on record; it was the seventh warmest over Northern Hemisphere land areas and the fifth warmest over Northern Hemisphere ocean surfaces.
Record-warm October conditions were noted over parts of the Caribbean and adjacent Atlantic waters; northwest Africa; the Horn of Africa; south-central Australia; spots in the Indian and South Pacific Oceans; parts of Alaska; and parts of the Barents Sea north of northwest Russia. The analysis only found a tiny area of record-cold October conditions over the ocean water between Chile and Antarctica.
Last week, NCDC announced that October 2013 was the 37th coolest of the past 119 years in the contiguous portion of the United States, with cool weather in the West offset by warmer-than-average conditions in the Northeast. However, only one state had a top-10 warmest or coldest October – Delaware had its 10th-warmest October on record.
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