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February World Temperature Record Suggests Global Warming Is Alive and Well

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 Mar 2016 03:32 PM

February’s world temperature has shattered records, according to preliminary satellite data.

Scientists from the University of Alabama at Huntsville called February the most unusually warm month ever recorded, according to USA Today, which reported that the February measurement was 1.5 degrees above average. The UAH data comes from satellite measurements of temperatures from the earth’s atmosphere. These readings, taken about five miles above Earth’s surface, have been tracked for 40 years.

The warm temperature was attributed to global warming and a near-record El Niño warming effect, USA Today noted.

Adjusting for different baselines, estimates place February’s temperature at between 1.15 and 1.4 degrees above long-term average, Slate reported.

“Even accounting for the margin of error associated with these preliminary datasets, that means it’s virtually certain that February handily beat the record set just last month for the most anomalously warm month ever recorded,” Slate writer and meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote. “That’s stunning.”

February’s temperature reading is about 0.3 degrees above January’s record, The Washington Post reported.

“I’ve always cautioned fellow skeptics that it’s dangerous to claim no warming,” UAH scientist Roy Spencer told the newspaper. “There has been warming. The question is how much warming there’s been and how does that compare to what’s expected and what’s predicted.”

USA Today noted that climate change skeptics have favored satellite data, which until recently haven’t shown the same level of warming as surface measurements.

Twitter users debated the findings.








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