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NOAA: February 2016 Was Hottest Month Ever

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February average temperature surpassed the all-time monthly record

The average global temperature in February was the hottest ever recorded, according to the State of the Climate released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) last week.

According to the NOAA, February (2016) set a new record for the highest global temperature — for both land and sea surfaces.

Land surface temperature

In February, global land surface temperature registered 1.46°F above the 20th century average. Additionally, the land temperature average set a new record for the month of February, beating out previous record-holding years 1998 and 2015 by 1.13°F .

That’s not all — the average global land temperature observed last month is the hottest ever, as it surpassed the previous single-month record (March 2008) by 0.77°F.

Sea surface temperature

Global sea surface temperature set a new record for the month of February, besting the old 2010 record by 0.36°F, and registered 1.46°F (0.81°C) above the 20th century average.

Even more records broken

Combined, the average temperature across both land and sea surfaces on a global basis in February registered 2.18°F higher than the average temperature seen in the 20th century.

February 2016 stands as the 10th straight month in which a monthly global temperature records fell.

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Matt Mills has been involved in various aspects of online media, both on the editorial side and on the technology side, for more than 16 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is currently involved in multiple projects focused on innovation journalism.

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