February fever

Overheated ThermometerGlobal ​satellite temperature data indicates that February 2016 will enter the record books as the warmest ​above average month in recorded history.  Last month was likely somewhere between 1.15°C and 1.4°C warmer than average, making it the fifth straight month that global average temperatures surpassed 1°C above average. Some parts of the Arctic were 8°C above average, leading to the lowest February sea ice levels ever.

Exhibit A:  Alaska is so warm that Iditarod organizers are bringing rail cars of snow into Anchorage for the opening ceremony of the dog sled race. They will also shorten the normal 11-mile ceremonial circuit to only 3 miles. February 29 was the firstiditarod February day in recorded history without snow in Anchorage. Since December 1, 2015, Anchorage has received less than 8 inches of snow, compared to the more typical 60 inches. In the past, February has been the snowiest time of the year.