November 2020: Second Warmest November On Record Globally

November 2020 was the second hottest November on record globally, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information, a division of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Averaged as a whole, the global land and ocean surface temperature for this year’s November was 0.97°C above the 20th century average of 12.9°C. This was the second warmest November in the 141-year global record, behind the record warm November set in 2015 (+1.01°C / +1.82°F).

The 10 warmest Novembers have all occurred since 2004; the five warmest Novembers have occurred since 2013. November 2020 also marked the 44th consecutive November and the 431st consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-century average.

 The Caribbean region had a temperature departure that ranked among the seven warmest such periods on record.

Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events: November 2020 (Image: NCEI/NOAA)
Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events: November 2020 (Image: NCEI/NOAA)

T&T’s November 2020 Climate

During November, Piarco recorded cooler than average maximum temperatures, with the mean maximum at 31.2°C (1981-2010 average is 31.5°C) but warmer than average mean minimum temperatures at 23.7°C (1981-2010 average is 23.3°C). Piarco recorded a maximum temperature of 33.1°C on November 13th, with a minimum temperature of 22.5°C on November 4th.

At Crown Point, warmer than average maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded, with the mean maximum at 30.9°C (1981-2010 average is 30.6°C) and the mean minimum at 24.3°C (1981-2010 average 24.0°C). Crown Point, Tobago recorded a maximum temperature of 33.2°C on November 5th with a minimum temperature of 22.4°C on November 16th.

At Piarco, November’s rainfall was much below average (73% of November’s average) coming in at 176.2 millimeters (1981-2010 average is 242 mm). At Crown Point, above-average rainfall (126% of November’s 1981-2010 average which is 218.3 mm) was recorded with 274.9 millimeters falling at the climate site.

Much of the Windwards recorded a rainfall deficit for November 2020 while the French Antilles and Leewards experienced a wetter than average month.

Land-Only Precipitation Anomalies: November 2020 (Image: NCEI/NOAA)
Land-Only Precipitation Anomalies: November 2020 (Image: NCEI/NOAA)

For a more complete summary of climate conditions and events, see NOAA’s November 2020 Global Climate Report. You can also check here for more climate news for T&T.

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