Unusually mild weather for February around New York Harbor
Temperatures are unusual for this month of winter. February around New York Harbor is usually the snowiest month of the year, but there has been more days with above normal temperatures then snowy days. Today seems more like a spring day. February is looking like a record month for temperatures.
The high temperature around Sandy Hook Bay where I live was 73 degrees. The normal high should be around 44 degrees. It was nearly 30 degrees warmer.
In an ever-warmer world, should we expect more extreme weather events like this due to global climate change?
According to NASA, major global surface temperature reconstructions have shown the Earth has warmed since 1880. Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. The year 2015 was the first time the global average temperatures were 1 degree Celsius or more above the 1880-1899 average. Even though the 2000s witnessed a solar output decline resulting in an unusually deep solar minimum in 2007-2009, surface temperatures continue to increase. The number of record high temperature events in the United States has been increasing, while the number of record low temperature events has been decreasing, since 1950.