February 2017 ranks as Earth’s 2nd warmest

While February 2017 was Fort Wayne’s warmest on record, the unusual warmth wasn’t just contained to our region.  When taking into account temperatures around the globe, it turned out to be the second warmest February, on record, for the planet.

NASA sent along the following info to the Live Doppler 15 Fury Weather Center today:

“February 2017 was the second warmest February in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

Last month was 1.1º C warmer than the mean February temperature from 1951-1980.  Feb 2016 was the warmest. 0.2º F warmer.

The monthly analysis by the GISS team is assembled 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.

The modern global temperature record begins around 1880 because previous observations didn’t cover enough of the planet. Monthly analyses are sometimes updated when additional data becomes available, and the results are subject to change.

For more information on NASA GISS’s monthly temperature analysis, visit:data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp.

For more information about NASA GISS, visit:www.giss.nasa.gov.”

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