February 2014 Global Temperature Update

By: joshuah , 12:17 AM GMT on March 24, 2014

The NOAA/NCDC global temperature data for February 2014 was measured at an anomaly of 0.41ºC. The 4th warmest January on record was followed by the 21st warmest February on record, and the year to date is now the 11th warmest on record.

What does this monthly update do for the long-term trends? The 120-month average has fallen slightly from 0.592º to 0.589º, the lowest value since August 2012, though that is still less than a tenth of a degree lower than the all-time peak of 0.597º reached three times between 2010 and 2011.

The decade-to-decade change has dropped from 0.098º to 0.090º, which is the lowest increase in the 120-month average temperature anomaly since January 1982. This means that the decade ending in February 2014 was on average nine-hundredths of one degree Celsius warmer than the decade ending in February 2004.

The ten-year average has risen about 0.2ºC since this century began. However, the pace has been slowing since 2005. If the current pace were to continue, the global average temperature would further rise less than one degree Celsius by the end of the century.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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