NOAA: Second warmest February on record globally

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By Charles Roop
March 18, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - It wasn't just us that experienced a warm year so far. The warmth went as international as Pitbull.

The Earth had its second warmest February on record, NOAA announced Friday. The planet's global average temperature was 1.76 degrees above normal. The 20th century average for the month is 53.9 degrees.

For January and February, it was also the second warmest globally. The average temperature was 1.69 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 53.8 degrees, according to NOAA. The temperature anomaly for the first two months of 2017 come in second place to last year.

What's global seems to be local in Tallahassee so far this year. The running average of the daily average temperatures for the months of January and February show over 6 degrees above normal. Yes, 6 degrees above normal. It was hard to believe the spreadsheet* at first. As for year-to-date (through Friday), the departure from normal is +5.1 degrees. You can thank the recent cold temperatures from dropping that number.

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.

Sea ice also continues to be below average, according to NOAA. Arctic sea ice is 7.6 percent below average for February, while the Antarctic is 24.4 percent below average.

"Both regions logged the smallest February sea ice extent since satellite records began in 1979," NOAA wrote.

One- to three-month temperature outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center have a 50-percent likelihood of above average temperatures in our area. But they give equal odds of above or below normal, or average rainfall for our region for the next three months.

Tallahassee is running a 1.78-inch deficit for rainfall year to date, while Apalachicola has a 4-inch deficit. Valdosta is near average year to date for precipitation.

*The Numbers spreadsheet is attached to this article.

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