In 141 years of climate records, January 2020 was the hottest January yet, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Global land and ocean surface temperatures were 2.05 degrees Fahrenheit (1.14 degrees Celsius) above the 20th-Century average, beating the previous record set in January 2016 by 0.04 degrees F (0.02 degrees C).
This shouldn’t be too surprising, given that 2019 was Earth’s second-warmest year on record, last June was the hottest on record and researchers just recorded record-high temps in Antarctica. According to NOAA, the 10 warmest Januaries have all occurred since 2002. What makes this year especially unique is that there was no El Niño to account for some of the warming.
According to NOAA’s report, parts of Russia, Scandinavia and