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The 2015-2016 Winter Was The Hottest on Record

By Climate Central

NOAA's global temperature analysis for February 2016 indicates it was the hottest February on record with biggest monthly departure ever recorded. Combined with their analyses from the previous two months, it also indicated that globe had its hottest (Northern Hemisphere) winter on record.

More from NOAA:

  • The winter global temperature was 2.03°F above the 20th century average. This was the hottest winter on record, surpassing the previous record set last year by 0.52°F.
  • December 2015–February 2016 also marks the highest 3-month departure from average for any 3-month period on record.
  • The globally-averaged temperature across land surfaces was also the highest on record for December–February, 3.47°F above the 20th century average.
  • This is the seventh consecutive season in which the globe (land and ocean) was record warm, starting with summer (Jun-Aug) 2014.