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Land surface temperature is how hot the “surface” of the Earth would feel to the touch in a particular location. From a satellite’s point of view, the “surface” is whatever it sees when it looks through the atmosphere to the ground.

Let's compare global anomaly averages in zones of differing latitude. The zonal graph shows the global surface temperature anomaly trends (calculated using land-ocean temperatures) for April 2018.   The zones mean the different latitudinal zones: Arctic (90.0 - 64.2°N), N.

In spite of the low temperatures in parts of the United States last month, 2018 experienced globally the third warmest April in 138 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York

Visit NASA NEO's Global Temperature Anomaly to observe values for months or years. These maps — developed by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) — depict how much various regions of the world have warmed or cooled when compared with a base period of 1951-1980.

Purpose:  Consider using this mini-lesson during the last 10 minutes of the class period/lesson to assess students formative learning. 

Atmospheric scientists study the weather and climate and examine how those conditions affect human activity and the earth in general. Most atmospheric scientists work indoors in weather stations, offices, or laboratories.


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