Did February 2014 seem much colder than normal to you?
It sure did if you lived in the Midwest out into the Great Plains of Canada and the U.S. At least we weren't alone, check out the "big blue blob" over central Asia!
Overall the Global average land and water temperature for February 2014 was warmer than normal (ranked 21st warmest out of 135 years of data (1880-2014) despite the much colder than normal conditions in parts of North America and Central Asia.
The February 2014 Global Highlights from NCDC are listed below the map.
Global temperature highlights: February
- The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for February 2014 tied with 2001 as the 21st highest for February at 54.64°F (12.51°C), or 0.74°F (0.41°C), above the 20th century average of 53.9°F (12.1°C). The margin of error associated with this temperature is +/- 0.22°F (0.12°C).
- The February global land temperature tied with 1943 as the 44th highest for February on record and the coolest since February 1994, at 0.56°F (0.31°C) above the 20th century average of 37.8°F (3.2°C). The margin of error is +/- 0.58°F (0.32°C).
- The Northern Hemisphere land areas between 30°N and 60°N were 0.52°F (0.29°C) below average, tying with 1957 as the 60th coolest (76th warmest) for February on record and the coolest departures from average for land regions in the world during the month. The last February that was colder in this region occurred just two years ago in 2012. That month was 0.74°F (0.41°C) below average, ranking as 50th coolest (86th warmest) for February and was primarily due to cooler-than-average temperatures over most of Eurasia and northern Africa.
- Some national temperature highlights include:
- In Scandinavia, many areas of Finland observed February temperatures 11°-14° F (6°-8°C) above average, with some regions in the north more than 16°F (9°C) above average. For central and northern Finland, it was the second warmest February in the 115-year period of record, behind only 1990. The February temperature for Norway was 11.0°F (6.0°C) higher than the 1981-2010 average, the second warmest February on record, also behind 1990.
- The nationally-averaged temperature for Germany was 6.1°F (3.4°C) above the 1981-2010 average, marking the sixth warmest February since records began in 1881.
- In Canada, many regions in Ontario observed February temperatures among their 10 coldest on record and coldest in more than 30 years, with departures more than -9°F (-5°C) at some few stations.
- For the ocean, the February global sea surface temperature was 0.81°F (0.45°C) above the 20th century average of 60.6°F (15.9°C), the seventh highest for February on record and warmest February since 2010, when El Niño conditions were present. The margin of error is +/- 0.07°F (0.04°C). The Northern Hemisphere oceans outside the tropics (20°N-90°N) were record warm on average for February.
- Neither El Niño nor La Niña conditions were present across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean during February 2014. According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, there is about a 50 percent chance that El Niño conditions will develop during Northern Hemisphere summer or fall 2014.