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We just faced the second warmest February on record

February 2017 temperatures
Credit: GISS, NASA

If you felt that February was hot, you aren’t mistaken as data from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) indicates that February 2017 was the second warmest February on record.

February 2017 was the second warmest ever since record keeping about global temperatures began 137 years ago. Scientists at GISS revealed in a press statement that February 2017 was 1.1 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean February temperature from 1951-1980. Another startling revelation was that the two top February temperature anomalies were recorded during the past two years making 2016 and 2017 particularly hot.

If we compare the data from last year, February 2016 was the warmest February on record with temperatures 1.3 degrees Celsius higher than the February mean temperature. February 2017’s temperature was only 0.20 degrees Celsius cooler than February 2016, GISS data reveals.

NASA says that modern record keeping of global temperatures began around 1880 because previous observations didn’t cover enough of the planet. Further, the latest data is based on the monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at the institute. They add that monthly analyses are sometimes updated when additional data becomes available, and the results are subject to change.

The data based on which the monthly analysis is carried out is collected from publicly available data acquired by about 6,300 meteorological stations around the world, ship- and buoy-based instruments measuring sea surface temperature, and Antarctic research stations.

January temperatures

NASA revealed last month that January 2017 was the third warmest on record with temperatures 0.92 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean January temperature from 1951-1980. This makes it two back to back months of January – 2016 and 2017 – when Earth had to endure high temperatures.

According to the report by GISS, 2016 witnessed the hottest January till date with 1.12 degrees Celsius warmer than the January mean temperature. January 2017 was the third warmest while the one in 2007 was the second warmest.

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  • Just more fear mongering from NASA. The global graphic makes it blatantly obvious that the warming is regional, which means we a talking about weather NOT climate!