CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - November was a hot month for planet Earth. Government scientists reported Tuesday that last month set a heat record. They say it was the warmest November on record, across Earth, since record-keeping began in 1880.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says average global temperature, for water and land surfaces combined, was 56.6°; that's 1.4° above the 20th century average.
It was the 37th consecutive November with above-average temperatures. The last below-average November was in 1976.
It was also the 345th straight month with above-average temperatures; that's almost 29 years.
Among the November hot spots: much of Eurasia, Central America and the Indian Ocean. In Russia, it was the warmest November on record, but parts of North America were cooler than average.