November time series series plot
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Contents of This Report:

Global Temperature

As shown in the above figure, global surface temperatures was above the long term average in November. The combined land and ocean temperature anomaly was +0.34C above the 1880-1999 long-term mean, which was the 10th warmest. The ocean temperatures were +0.35C warmer than average and tied for 6th warmest. The land anomaly, while above average, was the coolest since 1993 and tied for 24th warmest.

The spatial distribution of land surface temperature departures from normal (November 2000 minus the 1961-1990 averages) for areas with reporting stations available at the time of this report are shown in the adjacent plot. Below average temperatures (blue dots) were recorded throughout much of central North America, Siberia, and eastern China. Above average temperatures (red dots) occurred in most of central and eastern Europe, Alaska and Canada. Below average temperatures were recorded in the southern Hemisphere across parts of southern South America and northern Australia. Above average temperatures were recorded over parts of central South America and southern Australia. Global Temperature Anomalies, November 2000
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The largest positive and negative anomalies were noted in several areas across the globe. Temperatures in excess of 4C above average covered most of Alaska, Canada and western and central Europe. Temperature anomalies in excess of 4C below average were observed over the western and central portion of the U.S., and central Siberia.

Global Precipitation

Global Precip Anomalies, November 2000
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As shown in the figure to the left, precipitation was above average throughout many areas of the world. In the Eastern Hemisphere, wetter than average conditions covered much of Europe and the Mediterranean, Indonesia and eastern China and Taiwan. Much above average precipitation also fell throughout parts of eastern Australia The above average precipitaton led to serious flooding and loss of life across Indonesia and Taiwan during the month. On the "Big Island", Hilo, Hawaii on the east coast of Hawaii, reported 27.24 inches of rain in a 24 hour period during the month with localized flooding.
Below average precipitation fell across parts western Asia near the Black Sea, Russia, and parts of interior southeast Asia. It was drier than normal across the east and west coasts of the United States and across portions of south Florida and the Caribbean.


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Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, Monthly Global Climate Report for November 2000, published online December 2000, retrieved on April 14, 2024 from