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NOAA Report: Second Warmest February 2017 Globally On Record

First Posted: Mar 20, 2017 07:57 PM EDT
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Temperatures' across the globe in February 2017 were the second warmest year for any February since records started being kept in 1880. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and two other independent agencies have analyzed the report.

According to WCTV, for January and February, the Earth was also the second warmest globally. The average temperature was 1.69 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 53.8 degrees. The temperature anomaly for the first two months of 2017 comes in second place to last year. The land surface temperatures were 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average and the second highest on record.

The analyzed report have stated that Earth's oceans also were warmer than average. Sea surface temperatures in February were the second highest on record. The findings by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies are in line with another analysis from the Japan Meteorological Agency. They have also found that February 2017 was the second warmest since records began in 1891.

Science Recorder has stated that scientists continue to see record-low sea ice extent at both poles in the Arctic. They have noticed that the sea ice extent in February was 7.6 percent below 1981-2010 averages, while the average Antarctic sea ice extent was 24.4 below normal.

NOAA noted that North America had its fourth warmest February on record. It was also the warmest February for the continent since 2000. For the continental United States, it was the second warmest February behind 1954.

The warmest of the regions that experienced in February in 2017 were the central and eastern United States, along with parts of Canada, Mexico, and Asia. The cooler area than average includes the Middle East, Western Australia, northeast Africa, Baffin Island, and parts of the north and central equatorial the Pacific Ocean.

However, NOAA provides monthly summaries on the state of the climate to the government. Besides this, they also provide it to the business, universities, and the general public in an effort to support informed decision-making.

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