February 2016 was the warmest February in 136 years: NASA report

February saw a worldwide global average surface temperature of 1.35C above the 1951 to 1980 average.

By: ANI | Washington | Updated: March 18, 2016 4:09 pm
feb-temp-earth-759 The map depicts global temperature anomalies for February 2016. It does not show absolute temperatures; instead it shows how much warmer or cooler the Earth was compared to a baseline average from 1951 to 1980. (Source: NASA)

Due to rising global temperatures, February 2016 has broken monthly records, becoming the hottest month in more than a century, according to NASA scientists.

The US space agency said the globe is heating up faster than it was previously thought and it is as much down to man-made global warming as the El Niño impact.

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Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), took to his Twitter to say, “Normally I don’t comment on individual months (too much weather, not enough climate), but last month was special.”

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NASA data said a combination of a record strength El Niño event in the Pacific and compounding human-caused global warming saw the mercury rise upwards.

February saw a worldwide global average surface temperature of 1.35C above the 1951 to 1980 average.

Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, who analysed the data on the Weather Underground website said, “Nasa dropped a bombshell of a climate report. February dispensed with the one-month-old record by a full 0.21C – an extraordinary margin to beat a monthly world temperature record by.”

They added, “This result is a true shocker, and yet another reminder of the incessant long-term rise in global temperature resulting from human-produced greenhouse gases. We are now hurtling at a frightening pace toward the globally agreed maximum of 2C warming over pre-industrial levels.”

The previous warmest February was 1998, which was also during an El Niño event, but it never reached the level seen this year.

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