'Hottest month' streak stretches to 12 in a row

NOAA is starting to sound like a broken record. The agency's scientists have declared April 2016 the hottest April on record - and have made these proclamations for 12 consecutive months. NOAAs "global temperature dataset" records reach back to 1880.

The U.S. saw only moderately warmer-than-average temperatures in April. Meantime, large sections of South America, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Indian Ocean were at record warm levels. Some portions of Canada and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans were actually cooler than normal in April.

Global land surface temperatures were on average 3.47 °F above the 20th century average of 46.5 °F. Sea temperatures were on average 1.44 °F hotter than the 20th century average.

Year-to-date, global land surface temperatures have been 3.67 °F above the 20th century average, and global seas surface temperatures have been 1.46 °F above the 20th century average.

NOAA also reported on global precipitation anomalies for April 2016. Notable drier-than-average areas included northeastern South America, Mexico, southeastern Europe, central and southern Asia, and Australia. Notable wetter-than-average areas included the central U.S., southern South America, western and northern Europe, and parts of northern Asia.

For the full April 2016 report, visit www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201604.