Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Last Winter was the Warmest Ever

Despite some unseasonably cold temperatures in Canada and the northeastern portion of US, the winter of 2014/2015 was the warmest winter ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere. Year to date temperature statistics reveal that 2015 is on track to be the warmest year in recorded history according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). According to NASA February 2015 was ranked as the second-warmest such month on record in its database, behind February 1998.

The trend of warmer weather continues adding to 30 consecutive years of above average temperatures. The globally-averaged land surface temperature during this past December to February was 2.63 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average, tying with 2007 as the highest for that period since instrument records began in 1880.

The average temperature across land and ocean surfaces was the warmest on record during meteorological winter, beating the previous record set in 2007 by 0.05 degrees Fahrenheit.

For 2015 so far, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit above average, according to NOAA, beating previous records set in 2002 and tied in 2007, by 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit.

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