October ranks 4th hottest in the world on record

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Above: Significant weather events from October 2021, courtesy of NOAA.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, October 2021 is the fourth hottest October on record in the world (142 years of records).

“The last eight of October (2014-2021) all ranks among the hottest eight of October on record,” according to NOAA. In the northern hemisphere, the Earth’s temperature is the hottest on record for the month of October.

Below is a summary of some of the major climatic events around the world in October. While the month has been relatively calm for hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin, 2021 is still above average for tropical events.

One of the most notable was the weaker than usual extent of Arctic and Antarctic ice cover. The two poles experienced one of the smallest areas of sea ice cover on record.

Associated article – October Recap: Lots of Heat and Storm Recording Environment on the West Coast

For the full NOAA report, you can visit their website here. For the latest news on your top weather headlines and regional forecasts, join WeatherNation, streaming 24/7.



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