Well, I hope at least we get one more summer like the last one out of this mess, because it was just about perfect:
It may not make shivering Northeasterners feel any better, but their miserable winter wasn’t shared by the rest of the planet.
The three-month stretch from December through February was the warmest on record, the US National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported this week. Average global temperatures were 0.79 degrees Celsius (1.42 Fahrenheit) above the 20th century average, the highest mark since record keeping began in 1880. February’s average alone was 0.82 degrees Celsius (1.48 Fahrenheit) above the last century’s benchmark, the second highest on record for the month.
While the heavy snowfalls on the US East Coast and even parts of the South got a lot of attention this winter, the American West, Europe, and most of Russia had a warmer-than-average winter. Parts of Siberia saw average temperatures five degrees Celsius (nine Fahrenheit) above normal.
“I had a meeting over in London — it was in mid-February — and people there were saying, ‘Oh, what a nice, early spring,’ ” Donald Wuebbles, a University of Illinois atmospheric science professor and co-author of last year’s National Climate Report, told VICE News.
The latest figures “are a nice indication that things are continuing to happen,” Wuebbles said. But he added: “It’s only one indicator of the many things happening in the Earth’s climate system that we expect to continue.”