(CBS DC) — Despite Boston’s record-breaking snowfall and the deep freeze that encapsulated most of the U.S. from December to February, this winter was the warmest on record.
It may be hard to believe, but climate scientists announced that the average global temperature from December to February was 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the 20th-century average of 53.8 degrees Fahrenheit, Live Science reports.
According to the report, released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center, this winter season was the warmest winter on record since they began keeping records of temperatures in 1880.
While the report covers global temperatures, it did note that February 2015 provided colder-than-average temperatures for the central and eastern U.S.
“In February 2015, cooler to much-cooler-than-average conditions overtook the entire eastern half of the United States and the eastern third of Canada, with some record-cold pockets seen around the Great Lakes region and part of northeastern Canada near Hudson Bay,” NOAA scientists wrote in the report.
The news from NOAA’s report only further validates earlier findings that 2014 was the warmest year on record for the planet where many continents broke heat records.
Many believer this to be a consequence of climate change and a rapidly heating environment.
“It’s greenhouse gases that are responsible for the majority of the long-term trend,” Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said during a news conference in January when the report on 2014’s rising temperatures was released.