News & Blogs
Earth Just Experienced Its Second Warmest April on Record
Published: May 20, 2019
April 2019 was the second warmest April on record for the globe according to four separate just-released analyses.
NOAA said Monday that Earth had its second-warmest April, ranking only behind 2016. It also marked the 412th consecutive month and 43rd straight April that global temperatures have been above average. From January through April the global average temperature across all land and ocean surfaces ranks as third warmest, behind only 2016 and 2017.
NASA, Europe's Copernicus Climate Change Service and the Japanese Meteorological Agency also found April 2019 was the second warmest April.
April 2019's global temperature over land and oceans was just under 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) above average, according to NASA, topped only slightly by April 2016's departure of 1.07 degrees Celsius.
That may not sound like a big temperature anomaly, but only nine months dating to 1880 had a global monthly temperature departure of 1 degree Celsius or more in the global temperature database from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
Thirteen locations in Finland had their record warmest April, according to the NOAA report, citing the Finnish Meteorological Institute. It was one of the top 25 warmest Aprils on record in Austria, where records date to 1767, and the fifth warmest April in Hong Kong, according to NOAA.
Orange and red contours, which depict above-average temperatures, dominate most of the rest of the map. Only parts of the Canadian Arctic, the North Atlantic Ocean, the Middle East and Antarctica were cooler than average in April, according to NASA-GISS.
Europe's Copernicus Climate Change Services also found April to be Earth's second warmest, only trailing 2016.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) said April was Earth's second-warmest in its period of record dating to 1891, also topped only by 2016.
Ultimately, what's most important is not whether a given month is a fraction of a degree warmer or colder; rather, it's the overall trend, which continues its upward climb since the late 1970s.
The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.