It was unusually cold in January in the U.S., but most other parts of the world experienced warmer-than-average temperatures.
According to NOAA, last month was the fourth-warmest on record for global temperatures.
- The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for January was the warmest since 2007 and the fourth warmest on record at 54.8°F, 1.17°F above the 20th century average of 53.6°F. The margin of error is ±0.14°F
- The global land temperature was the highest since 2007 and the fourth highest on record for January, at 2.11°F above the 20th century average of 37.0°F. The margin of error is ±0.32°F
- For the ocean, the January global sea surface temperature was 0.83°F above the 20th century average of 60.5°F, the highest since 2010 and seventh highest on record for January. The margin of error is ±0.07°F
Here’s the map:
Bonus map: A list of temperature anomalies, also from NOAA. China, Argentina, and Alaska set new records.
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