February 2022 was Earth’s 7th warmest on record

Ground Report | New Delhi: Warmest February; February 2022 was the seventh-warmest February on Earth since global recording began in 1880, 0.81 degrees Celsius (1.46 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th-century average, the National Centers for Environmental Information at the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Information reported. NOAA, or NCEI, on March 14.

A recent report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centres for Environmental Information (NCEI) cited February 2022 as the seventh warmest February on record. When the temperature was recorded at the front, that is, 0.81°C above the average temperature of the 20th century.

Instead, if you look at the average temperature for January 2022, it was 0.89 degrees Celsius higher than the average temperature for the 20th century, meaning that the previous month was the sixth warmest January on record.

Land and ocean temperature percentiles
Figure 1. Departure of temperature from average for February 2022, the seventh-warmest February for the globe since record-keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA. Record-warm February temperatures were observed across parts of the southeastern Atlantic Ocean, southwestern Pacific Ocean and across a small area in the southern Indian Ocean. No areas experienced record cold. (Image credit: NOAA/NCEI)

February’s global land and ocean surface temperature was 1.46 degrees F (0.81 degrees C) above the 20th-century average, ranking as the seventh-warmest February in the climate record.

Similarly, February temperatures were warmer than normal in North and West Asia, while temperatures in the Central and South regions were below normal. In general, it can be said that this time the February temperature in Asia was so high that it makes it the eighth warmest February in history.

CDAS Nino 3.4 index
Figure 2. Departure of sea surface temperature from average in the benchmark Niño 3.4 region of the eastern tropical Pacific (5°N 5°S, 170°W-120°W). Temperatures have ranged from 0.7-1.0 degree Celsius below average since mid-February. (Image credit: Tropical Tidbits)

According to the report, except for North America, the temperature in other continents was above average. While February was the 7th warmest in Europe this year, many European countries experienced one of the 10 warmest February months this year.

According to NOAA data and Rutgers Global Snow Lab analysis, the extent of snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere during February was near normal at 17.68 million square miles. Eurasia had an above-average February snow cover extent, while North America’s snow cover extent was below average.

February 2022 Arctic sea ice extent averaged 5.64 million square miles, which is 4.5% less than the 1981-2010 average and the 14th smallest February extent in the 44-year record, according to an analysis by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) using data from NOAA and NASA.

Antarctic sea ice extent for February 2022 was the smallest on record at 830,000 square miles, 29.6% below average. This all-time low exceeded the now second smallest February extension set in 2017 (25.0% below average).

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