The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for January was the warmest for the month since 2007 and the fourth warmest since records began. The above photo shows the interesting mix of global weather for the month.
While the lower 48 states were experiencing the coldest January in decades, Alaska had its third warmest January since records began in 1918. The central and western United States went through the 5th driest January on record. Arctic sea ice extent was 5.5 percent below the 1981-2010 average - the fourth smallest sea ice extent on record. In contrast, Antarctic Sea ice extent was 30 percent above the 1981-2010 average - the 2nd largest sea ice extent on record! Global hot temperature spots included China and Argentina. The final global contrast was record rains in western Australia.
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