The NOAA figures are in: February 2015 was the second-warmest February on record, behind only February 1998. It’s also worth noting that the winter* was the warmest on record:
(* “Winter” isn’t really applicable here, since half the world has summer every time the other half has winter. But most news organizations based in the northern hemisphere used “winter” when reporting this.)
The January-February period was also the warmest combined Jan-Feb period on record.
Why I do I keep mentioning this, every time a month is really warm? Because people are still insisting that “global warming has stopped” or “the Earth hasn’t warmed since 1998”. It just isn’t true.
In case you haven’t been keeping track, I have:
• January 2015: Second-Warmest On Record
• 2014: Hottest Year Ever
• October 2014: Hottest Ever
• September 2014: Hottest Ever
• August 2014: Hottest Ever
• June 2014: Hottest Ever
• Another Global Record (May 2014, hottest ever)