According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), February 2013 was the globe’s 9th warmest February since records began in 1880. February 2013 global land temperatures were the 11th warmest on record, and global ocean temperatures were the 8th warmest on record. February 2013 was the 336th consecutive month with global temperatures warmer than the 20th century average and the 37th straight warmer-than-average February. The last time Earth had a below-average February global temperature was in 1976, and the last below-average month of any kind was December 1984. Global satellite-measured temperatures in February 2013 for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere were 10th or 8th warmest in the 35-year record, according to Remote Sensing Systems and the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), respectively. The Northern Hemisphere snow cover extent during February 2013 was the 16th largest in the 47-year period of record.
As you can see by the image shown above, in the month of February South Florida experienced warmer to much warmer average land and ocean temperatures. This may be a sign of what’s to come during this upcoming 2013 Hurricane season. As you all might know, warm air and warm water make conditions right for hurricanes. It would be a good idea to create an emergency plan and a disaster kit now while you still can before Hurricane season starts!