Where were you when it was FREEZING in February?

Much of western North America experienced much colder than normal temperatures in February.  I remember several people joking, “Where is climate change now?”  Well, the answer is, “the rest of the world.”

Data from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies shows that average temperatures in parts of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan were between 4 and 8 degrees colder than normal (normal defined as the average temperatures from 1951 to 1980).  During the same period, temperatures were 4 to 12 degrees warmer than normal in Alaska, most of Northern Europe and a big swath of Russia.  Check out this link to NASA’s website where you can explore temperature deviations over the last 60 years.  If you look for a few months, you might see the trend of the largest anomalies nearest to the poles where sea ice is melting rapidly.

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