- Only the El-Niño-fueled winter of 2015-16 was warmer.
- Some of the most extreme warmth was in Russia, which smashed its record for warmest winter.
- Thanks to human-caused global warming, “this period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization.
The months of December, January and February – which meteorologists define as winter here in the Northern Hemisphere – were the second-warmest on record, federal scientists announced Friday.
Only the El Niño-fueled winter of 2015-16 was warmer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. El Niño, a natural warming of sea water in the tropical Pacific Ocean, acts to boost global temperatures.
Global temperature records for the Earth go back to 1880.
Some of the most extreme warmth was in Russia, which smashed its record for warmest winter. Temperatures there were as much as a whopping 12 degrees above average…
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