- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The
last three months were the warmest on U.S. record books, and January was
the balmiest in the 123 years temperatures for the month have been recorded
globally, government scientists said on Thursday.
- A preliminary average of the nation's temperature measured
from November 2001 to January 2002 was 4.3 degrees Fahrenheit above average
temperatures gathered between 1895 and 2001, according to the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the government's climate
- "Unusual warmth persisted across a large part of
the contiguous United States during the past few months," said NOAA
official Jay Lawrimore. The same monthly period in 1999-2000 held the previous
record, NOAA said. The warmth stretched from western states like Montana
and Oklahoma to the East Coast. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Massachusetts
and Vermont saw the warmest November-January period on record, NOAA said.
Abnormal warmth sent global temperatures in January seven degrees Fahrenheit
above average in large parts of North America and central Asia, it said.
Average global land surface temperatures were 2.43 degrees Fahrenheit above
the 1880-2001 long-term mean temperature, based on preliminary data, NOAA