Earth sees hottest January on record: NOAA

Clay Curtis
February 15, 2020

The Earth had its warmest January on record, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared Thursday.

One of the scariest statistics is that the four warmest Januaries documented in the climate record have all occurred since 2016; the 10 warmest have all occurred since 2002.

The January 2020 worldwide land and sea surface temperature were 2.05 degrees Fahrenheit over the twentieth century typical of 53.6 degrees, NOAA said.

Here in the US, each of the 48 adjacent states was hotter than usual in January, NOAA said a week ago. Both, however, could be displaced if this year's first month marks a trend.

Until now, 2016 was the hottest year with the global-average temperature being 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit or 0.99 degrees Celsius.

"Averaged over the entire historical record (1895-2020), January temperature has increased by 0.2 degrees F per decade, but in reality, virtually all of that change has come in the past 30 years", the NOAA said.

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According to NOAA, "the most notable warmer-than-average land temperatures" this January "were present across much of Russian Federation and parts of Scandinavia and eastern Canada, where temperatures were 9.0°F (5.0°C) above average or higher".

In February, some remarkable temperatures have been recorded from around the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, which stretches out from Antarctica, pointing north to South America.

Looking forward to the rest of the year, the NOAA report said 2020 is very likely to rank among the five warmest years on record. Across the globe's land and ocean surfaces, temperatures in January were 2.05° F (1.14° C) above the 20th-century average.

Bottom line: January 2020 was Earth's hottest January in the climate record. On the opposite end of the spectrum, "notable cool temperatures" were recorded in January across much of Alaska and parts of western Canada, with temperatures 7.2°F (4.0°C) below average or less.

San Antonio will see a return of last week's light rainfall today, according to the seven-day forecast from drone-powered weather service Saildrone.

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