“Old normal is gone”: February shatters temperature records

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Published on: March 2, 2016

Slate / Eric Holthaus / 01 March 2016

ncep_cfsr_t2m_anom_022016Our planet’s preliminary February temperature data are in, and it’s now abundantly clear: Global warming is going into overdrive.

There are dozens of global temperature datasets, and usually I (and my climate journalist colleagues) wait until the official ones are released about the middle of the following month to announce a record-warm month at the global level. But this month’s data is so extraordinary that there’s no need to wait: February obliterated the all-time global temperature record set just last month.