After the winter New England has had, you may call me crazy but the Earth just had its warmest winter on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this record Wednesday.
If you read my article the other day which focused on the difference between meteorological & astronomical season, you might recall that winter is defined as the months of December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere. Did you know that 90% of the world’s population lives in the Northern Hemisphere?
The Northern Hemisphere had its warmest winter on record coming in at 55.2°F, which is 1.42°F above the 20th-century average for all land and ocean areas. and the Southern Hemisphere had its fourth-warmest summer.
For the United States alone, winter 2014-15 was the 19th warmest on record.
IT GETS WARMER! It’s also the warmest year-to-date on record, NOAA said. February itself was the second-warmest February on record for the northern hemisphere.
Just to note, temperature records go back to 1880.
As a matter of fact, the shoreline here in CT had the 8th coldest winter of all time. The average temperature was 28.9°F, which is 4.2°F below normal! The shoreline had the coldest February ever coming in at 19.9°F.
Inland CT had the 10th coldest winter. The average temperature was 25°F, which is 3.3°F below normal. February of 2015 was the coldest February ever. The average temperature was 16.1°F
Who’s excited for spring?
Thanks for reading!
-Meteorologist Kevin Arnone