February 2016 was hot, really hot. So hot, climate scientists could not find the superlatives to describe February 2016’s record breaking temperature.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been keeping climate data records since 1880, and their measurements indicated that this February had the biggest above-normal deviation on record.
NOAA’s data, released Thursday, show the Earth averaged 56.08 degrees in February, which is 2.18 degrees above average marks. The high marks for February 2016 surpassed a record set in the same month last year by almost six-tenths of a degree.
NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden told the Associated Press that the measurements for February are “astronomical.”
“It’s on land. It’s in the oceans. It’s in the upper atmosphere. It’s in the lower atmosphere. The Arctic had record low sea ice,” she said. “Everything everywhere is a record this month, except Antarctica.”
Analyses from NASA and teams at the University of Alabama Huntsville and the satellite-heavy Remote Sensing System also confirmed the record-setting month.
Climate scientist Kim Cobb of Georgia Tech told AP that, normally, record temperatures do not concern themselves with high temperature records broken, but she said February 2016 was like “something out of a Sci-Fi movie, as if someone pluck a value off of a graph from 2030.”