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Close to record breaking warmth... again

This meteorological winter and the month of February saw nearly record breaking warmth.

Close to record warmth
Close to record warmth

ROANOKE, Va. – A press release from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that this past meteorological winter (December thru February) and the month of February are the second warmest on record across the globe.

This announcement comes a month after NOAA released information stating that January was the Earth’s hottest on record.

This is based on a dataset record that dates back to 1880. The average temperature of Earth for the month of February is 53.8°F. The average temperatures for February was 2.11°F warmer. This makes it the second warmest February during the 141-year record.

Temperature anomaly for February 2020 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Temperature anomaly for February 2020 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

As for meteorological winter, the average temperature is also 53.8°F. This three month period from December 2019 to February 2020 had a temperature departure of 2.02°F.

Temperature anomaly for December 2019 - February 2020 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Temperature anomaly for December 2019 - February 2020 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

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