It Didn’t Feel Like It in New York, But This Was the Warmest Winter on Record

A build-up of ice is viewed in the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge on February 23, 2015 in New York City. New York City and much of the East Coast has been experiencing frigid temperatures over the past week with heavy snow and sleet accumulations. Temperatures have hovered in the teens with wind chills dropping below zero.(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Though it’s the third week of March and we’re still battling frigid temperatures in New York, the northern hemisphere actually recorded its warmest winter on record this year, according to USA Today. Yeah, yeah, San Francisco, we know you had a heat wave.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association announced yesterday that temperatures between December 2014 and February 2015 were the Earth’s warmest on record. The average temperature was 1.42 degrees above the century average, slightly above the previous mark set in 2007. February 2015 also registered as the second warmest February ever on record.

Of course, these records mean absolutely nothing to those of us facing the prospect of more snow tomorrow.


This Was Earth’s Warmest Winter on Record