The winter weather has been in all the news lately: record cold in the Midwest and even the South, snowstorm after snowstorm pummeling Boston and New England, and giving all the climate-change scoffers the opening to raze on fat old Al Gore.
Yeah, it’s been a tough winter in the East. But what about the rest — as in the West?
The U.S. had the 24th warmest January in the 1895-2015 temperature record, NOAA reported this week. And we saw four times as many daily warm temperature records as daily cold records. Globally it was the second-hottest January on record.
NOAA reports “during January, there were 3,499 warm daily temperature records broken or tied (1,906 warm maximum and 1,593 warm minimum), compared to 775 cool daily temperature records broken or tied (441 cool maximum and 334 cool minimum).” That’s a ratio of more than 4-to-1.