WASHINGTON (AP) -
Even without an El Nino warming the world’s waters, Earth in February
sizzled to its second hottest temperature on record, behind only last year.
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated that February 2017
averaged 55.66 degrees (13.08 degrees Celsius). That’s 1.76 degrees (.98
degrees Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average.
It was also the
second hottest winter in the northern hemisphere on record. Records go back
In the past, Earth
doesn’t come near record heat if there’s no El Nino. This year it did - on
scientist Ahira Sanchez-Lugo called it clear evidence of climate change.
She calculated that
the rate of February warming since 1980 is twice as high as since 1880.