Posted by: pyeager | March 18, 2012

Global Climate Data for February

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

I know. I know. It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I’ve been enjoying all of the late-season snow and cold here in Pennsylvania. It’s been a heckuva winter, with somewhere between one and two snow storms and between one and two cold outbreaks!

Sarcasm aside, I’ll try to be a little more diligent in writing here, but remember, I write the occasional post for the Huffington Post. I rarely write posts about current weather since it sometimes takes a little time between when I write a post and when it gets published because it’s such a large site.

I have written a little about the upcoming (or, more accurate, ongoing) tornado season, and I also wrote about the latest global climate stats for February and the winter.

I know that it’s been exceptionally warm across the U.S. this winter, but that has not been the case globally. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the global land surface temperature in February was the lowest in nearly 20 years.

I’m not making a statement about climate change or global warming, just reporting the facts in the form of stats. I know that any post about climate stats is interpreted as a political statement about global warming, but mine generally aren’t (at least I hope!)

I don’t work for or have clients in the oil industry who have a vested interest in denying climate change, and even though my political views are liberal, it doesn’t mean that I think that I have an obligation to believe in global warming/climate change. My views are always my own.

In this case, I’m not giving an opinion, but I’m pointing out that it’s been much cooler globally than the stats for just the United States might indicate.

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