The results are in, and January was one of the warmest in all of recorded history

January 2019 was the third-warmest January in the history of
global weather record-keeping, according to
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
. The only
warmer global Januarys in the instrumental record, which dates back
to the 1880s, were 2016 and 2017, and there’s evidence that the
planet hasn’t been this warm
in a very long time
. The last time January global temperatures
were below average was in 1976 — before millennials were even a
thing.

So here’s the strange truth: Last month may have felt cold
where you live, but your senses were deceiving you. We’ve
forgotten what “normal” weather feels like, so global warming
is gaslighting us.

Just in:
#January
2019 was the 3rd warmest January on record for the
globe, says @NOAANCEIclimate
https://t.co/QrjEVJaDIU

#StateOfClimate
pic.twitter.com/z75wainpH4

— NOAA (@NOAA)
February 19, 2019

Only a few specks of land were even slightly cooler than
average: far northern Canada, parts of northern Finland, a bit of
central India, and a small corner of western China. Even the
eastern United States, which was hit with blizzards and cooler
temperatures when
the polar vortex roared at full force for days
, officially
ended the month “near average.” It was one of the coolest spots
on the planet and its January was only 1.8 degrees F cooler than
normal.

In contrast, some parts of the planet were simply blazing with
heat. During the peak of the southern hemisphere’s summer, it was
the warmest January for land areas in history — more than 7.2
degrees F outside the bounds of historical norms. Parts of southern
Africa, much of Brazil, and nearly all of Australia endured a
record-breaking month.

With an
official El Niño now underway
, January’s oddness only boosts
the odds that this year is going to keep on being blazing hot. In
fact, NOAA
estimates
that 2019 is squarely on pace for one of the warmest
years in history, with a
99.9 percent chance
for another top 10 year.

This story was originally published by Grist with the headline
The results are in, and January was one of the warmest in all of
recorded history
on Feb 19, 2019.

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The results are in, and January was one of the warmest in all of recorded history