(WYMT) - According to the NOAA global temperature dataset records dating back to 1880, February 2017's average temperature on land and ocean surfaces across the globe was the second warmest February. The warmest February on record occurred in 2016.
Additionally, the December-February average temperature on land and ocean surfaces was 1.6 degrees above the 20th century's average.
Throughout the United States, February 2017 was also the second warmest February on record at 41.16 degrees. That is 7.34 degrees above the average.
Statewide, where data goes back to the late 1800s, Kentucky experienced its warmest February on record in 2017. The monthly average of 46.2 degrees was nearly ten degrees warmer than normal.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Jackson, Ky. said they don't expect much to change according to long range model output.
"All the long-range models point toward a continuation of above normal temperatures across Kentucky and basically most of the United States basically from now through at least the end of 2017," said Shawn Harley.
At the NWS office in Jackson, February 2017 was also the warmest February on record with an average of 47.9 degrees, which is 9.1 degrees above average.