January 2016 hottest since records began: NOAA

February 17, 2016
Children play in a fountain during a hot summer day in Santiago, Chile on February 2, 2016
Children play in a fountain during a hot summer day in Santiago, Chile on February 2, 2016

Last month was the hottest January in modern times, US data showed on Wednesday, the latest in a string of heat records fuelling concerns over the pace of climate change.

The across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.87 degrees Fahrenheit (1.04 Celsius) above the 20th century average for January, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

This was the highest January average since records began in 1880, NOAA said in a statement, surpassing the previous record of 2007 by 0.29 degrees Fahrenheit.

January marked the ninth consecutive month to break a monthly global temperature record, NOAA said, after the blistering temperatures of 2015 set a heat record for the year.

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geokstr
2 / 5 (8) Feb 17, 2016
And February will be hottest ever, then March will be the hottest, then...ad nauseum.

Once you're properly "adjusted" the data, all things are possible.
Phys1
5 / 5 (2) Feb 17, 2016
"What" "are" "you" "suggesting" "?"
"Know what I mean? Know what I mean? Nudge, nudge. Wink wink. Say no more"
Caliban
4 / 5 (4) Feb 17, 2016
And February will be hottest ever, then March will be the hottest, then...ad nauseum.

Once you're properly "adjusted" the data, all things are possible.


I've heard it said that the first lie is the hardest one to tell.

Judging by the ease with which you, geokstrap, tell a lie --like the onewith which you led off this comment thread-- your first one, regardless of how hard it was, must have been a long, long time ago, as it is apparent that this latest one was told without so much as a twinge.

You should be proud.

mosahlah
not rated yet Feb 22, 2016
Yeah, January was too hot.

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