February Breaks Record for Most Unusually Hot Month

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Earth’s temperature soared to a record high last month, a whopping 1.5 degrees above average as measured by weather satellites.

That’s a huge amount in climate science, where records are often broken by hundredths or tenths of degrees. The level makes February the most unusually warm month ever recorded, scientists from the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) said.

Scientists blamed the warmth on a combination of man-made global warming and the near-record El Niño climate pattern.

“The record might have as much to do with an extraordinarily warm month in the Arctic as it does with warming caused by the El Niño,” said John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at UAH.

Some areas in the Arctic experienced temperatures as much as 29 degrees warmer than average last month.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Doyle Rice