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The Climate of 1998

Warmest February on Record


National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC

March 10, 1998

The global land surface mean temperatures for Febraury of 1998 indicate the long-term trend of increasing global temperatures continues. February's global land mean reached a record-breaking high of 1.38 degrees C above normal. This 1998 value is preliminary based on about two-thirds the usual number of stations reporting. As data are being received, scientists at The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center are automatically updating The Global Historical Climatology Network data base to maintain a global climate perspective in near real-time. These results, partially driven by the powerful El Nino conditions, follow the record warmth of 1997 and near-record conditions (0.77 degrees C above normal) for January 1998.


For further information on the climate of 1997 and 1998, contact:
    Robert Quayle
    NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
    151 Patton Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801-5001
    fax: 704-271-4328
    email: rquayle@ncdc.noaa.gov

or

    Mike Crowe
    NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
    151 Patton Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801-5001
    fax: 704-271-4328
    email: michael.crowe@noaa.gov

for further information on GHCN, contact:

    Thomas Peterson
    NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
    151 Patton Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801-5001
    fax: 704-271-4328
    email: thomas.c.peterson@noaa.gov

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