Posted by: pyeager | February 17, 2011

Warmer than Average Globally in January Despite Cold in United States

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By Paul Yeager, author of Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities

I know that many Americans like to think that the only things that matter happen in the U.S., but there’s a whole world out there, and while U.S. temps were cooler than normal in January, it was still warmer than normal globally.

The La Nina, which has an overall cooling effect, has contributed to global temperatures being not as much above normal during the past couple of months…and that trend might continue since La Nina’s global effects on temperatures are often delayed by a month or two.

See my AOL News article for more.

The following image, courtesy of NASA, shows temperature anomalies for January. The same data is plotted from a “world is flat” perspective in the article linked above.

Global temperature anomalies in January 2011 (NASA image)

Global temperature anomalies in January 2011 (NASA image)

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