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October 2012 fifth warmest on record


October 2012 tied October 2008 as the fifth-warmest October on record (courtesy: Mona R. LeBel)
October 2012 tied October 2008 as the fifth-warmest October on record (courtesy: Mona R. LeBel)

Greg Hanna, staff writer

November 15, 2012 — If you thought October felt unusually warm, you were right.

A graph outlining land and sea-surface percentiles (courtesy: NOAA)
A graph outlining land and sea-surface percentiles (courtesy: NOAA)

If you thought October felt unusually warm, you were right.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday that October 2012 tied October 2008 as the fifth-warmest October on record – with numbers dating back to 1880.

Data collected throughout the month, however, shows that not all of Canada was warmer than normal.

Western Canada recorded cooler-than-average temperatures, while central Canada had near-normal temperatures for the month. The above-average temperatures recorded were in eastern Canada.

Gina Ressler is a meteorologist at The Weather Network and she says the difference in recorded temperatures across the country is normal.

“Typically, if one part of the country sees extended above or below-average temperatures, the other half will see the opposite,” says Ressler.

Warmer-than-average months have become a new reality in the past 25 years. October was the 332nd consecutive month with above average temperatures around the world.

The last cooler-than-average October was in 1976.

With files from The Weather Channel

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