If you live on the East Coast of the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just released some statistics that may surprise you:
- Globally, this has been the hottest winter on record, topping the previous record (2007) by 0.05°F.
- This was “the 19th warmest winter for the contiguous US.”
- Globally it’s easily been the hottest start to any year (January-February), beating the previous records (2002, 2007) by 0.07°F.
- This was the second warmest February globally, and “slightly below” the 20th-century average in the contiguous U.S.