NCDC Releases February 2014 Global Climate Report

February 2014 Global Land and Ocean Temperature Percentiles Map

According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for February 2014 was the 21st highest for February since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 29th consecutive February and 348th consecutive month (29 years) with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average global temperature for February and for any month was February 1985.

The majority of the world experienced warmer-than-average monthly temperatures. Part of far east Russia along with much of the northeastern Pacific Ocean, part of the western South Pacific, sections of the Arctic Ocean, parts of the western North Atlantic, part of the South Atlantic, and the oceans off the southern coast of Africa, and the Adriatic Sea were record warm. Far east Russia and part of northern Scandinavia observed temperatures more than 9°F (5°C) above their February average. A small section of the north central Atlantic Ocean was record cold and many areas across central and northern North America and western Asia had temperatures more than 9°F (5°C) below their February average.

This monthly summary from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, the business sector, academia, and the public to support informed decision making.