NOAA says that December through February – for meteorological record-keeping purposes, winter is defined as those three months in the Northern Hemisphere – was 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average for all land and ocean areas. This tops the previous warmest winter of 2007 by 0.05 degrees Fahrenheit. Global temperature records are available for the period 1880-2015.
Individually, here is how each month ranked for the earth:
– December 2014: Warmest on record.
– January 2015: Second warmest on record.
– February 2015: Second warmest on record.
Satellite view of a neighborhood after a few more years of global change….
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