Earth experienced coldest February in seven years
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Earth experienced coldest February in seven years

March 24, 2021

The temperature was three degrees below average due to the La Niña effect.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the Pacific Ocean last fall, the La Niña phenomenon developed – an effect in which abnormally strong winds cool the surface of the water and affect the weather. It is reported by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

However, despite the coldest February since 2014, the Earth’s average surface temperature last month was 0.65 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average. Because of this, February 2021 became the 16th warmest February in 142 years.

In Europe, South and Northeast Asia, February was warm, but in most of North America, Scandinavia and North Asia, temperatures were three degrees below average. The ice cover at the poles was very small. In the Arctic, the sea ice area in February was the seventh lowest on record.

In Norilsk, the temperature this winter reached extreme 50 degrees below zero. Severe frosts in the northern city receded only in March.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

March 24, 2021

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