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NOAA Climate Report Shows Earth Had Its Coolest February on Record Since 2014

However within the Northern Hemisphere, the winter season ranked among the many top-10 warmest.

February 2021 was the planet’s coolest February in seven years on account of La Niña within the tropical Pacific Ocean and unusually brisk temperatures that enveloped a lot of North America and northern Asia.

However huge temperature contrasts throughout February — and in the course of the three-month season — had been at play in different elements of the world.

Actually, the Northern Hemisphere as an entire skilled its Eighth-warmest winter (December by means of February) in 142 years, in response to scientists at NOAA’s Nationwide Facilities for Environmental Data.

Right here’s extra from NOAA’s newest month-to-month world local weather report:

The typical world land and ocean floor temperature final month was 1.17 levels F (0.65 of a level C) above the Twentieth-century common making it the Sixteenth-warmest February on file for the globe — however nonetheless the good since 2014.

It was the 14th-warmest February on file for the Northern Hemisphere and the Nineteenth warmest for the Southern Hemisphere. Japanese Canada, a lot of Europe; and southern and northeastern Asia skilled outstanding heat in February.

On the flipside, a lot of North America, Scandinavia and northern Asia noticed a lot cooler-than-normal temperatures — at the very least 5.4 levels F (3.0 levels C) under common.

The three-month season (December by means of February) ranked Eighth warmest on file for the globe. The Northern Hemisphere had its Eighth-warmest winter, and on the different finish of the planet, the Southern Hemisphere noticed its Nineteenth-warmest summer season — one which tied with summers 1973 and 2009.

The 2021 year-to-date world land and ocean floor temperature logged in at 1.30 levels F (0.72 of a level C) above the Twentieth-century common, making it the Eleventh-warmest yr up to now (January by means of February) on file. 

An annotated map of the world plotted with a few of the most important local weather occasions that occurred throughout February 2021. Credit score: NOAA NCEI

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