|Areas in red were warmer-than-average, Areas in blue were cooler-than-average|
Parts of Russia, Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, South America and especially the U.S. West were extra warm.
At nearly 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit above 20th century average, last month was the second warmest February on record globally but when combined with January and February temperatures it beat the old meteorological winter record set in 2007.
Just to drive the point home even though the U.S. had a cooler than normal February it still managed to have a warmer than normal winter.
In case anyone was wondering how long a time span this stretches the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration records go back to 1880.
In similarly alarming news U.S. data showed that the Arctic sea ice this year is the smallest in winter since satellite records began in 1979. Scientists agree that this is a sign of long-term climate change.