It’s warm

So Boston had a high temperature of 71 yesterday and today. That’s pretty warm, but it doesn’t say much about global climate. Neither does this map which shows that this is the fourth warmest winter in the US (by Hunter Allen, Richard Rivera and Ned Gardiner, based on climate data from the National Climatic Data center. Reviewed by Deke Arndt and Jake Crouch, National Climatic Data Center):

This, on the other hand, is pretty stunning (bold added):

Globally, the monthly temperature across all land and ocean surfaces combined was 0.35°C (0.63°F) above average, making this the 19th warmest January on record. January 2012 was also the coolest of any month on record since February 2008. However, noting that the temperature is still above average, this January also marks the 26th January and 323rd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with a below-average global temperature was February 1985.

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