2016: Warmest February on record for globe

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, February 2016 was the warmest February on record for the globe.

Numbers came in 2.18°F above the 20th century average of 53.9°F. While that may not seem like a lot, it also surpassed the all-time monthly record set just two months ago in December 2015. That includes 1,646 months of data since collection began.

One of the areas seeing the most warming was Alaska reporting its warmest February in 92 years at 12.4°F above the 20th century average. Extensive warming was also noted from central Russia to eastern Europe.

On the other end of the spectrum, all official reporting stations in Iceland observed below average temperatures for the month.

The measurement includes temperatures over the entire planet, including the air over land and sea with records date back to 1880.

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