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Record-Setting Warmth to Kick Off 2020

We kicked off the new decade with a record-setting month for temperatures both in the United States as well as across the entire globe.  According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, last month was Earth’s hottest January on record since climate records have been kept for the last 141 years.

Here are some other statistics from NOAA’s January global climate report:

  • January 2020 was the 44th consecutive January and the 421st consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-century average.
  • The January global land and ocean surface temperature was the highest on record at 2.05 degrees F (1.14 degrees C) above the 20th-century average. This surpassed the record set in January 2016 by 0.04 of a degree F (0.02 of a degree C).
  • Northern Hemisphere snow coverage was below the 1981–2010 average, having the 18th-smallest January snow cover in the 54-year record.
  • The Northern Hemisphere also had its warmest January on record at 2.70 degrees F (1.50 degrees C) above average.

We spoke with meteorologist Karin Gleason, a climate scientist with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and the Center for Weather and Climate (CWC) to learn more about what factored in to this historic month for both the United States and the Caribbean.

CREDIT:  NOAA  A map of the world noting some of the most significant weather climate events that occurred during January 2020  **READ THE FULL REPORT FROM NOAA**

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Meredith is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the American Meteorological Society.  She was born and raised in Cleveland but has worked from coast to coast covering almost every type of weather.  She's been live out in the field during destructive tropical storms on the Gulf Coast of Florida, raging wildfires in Southern California, and covered the wreckage from tornadoes in t... Load Morehe Great Plains. In 2009, she reported on the damaging hail storm during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and in 2017, the historic California winter storms that produced record rain totals and devastating flash flooding.  Prior to joining WeatherNation, Meredith worked at KEYT/KKFX in Santa Barbara, CA, KOTA-TV in Rapid City, SD, WWSB-TV in Sarasota, FL, and began her career as an intern at WGN-TV in Chicago.  She was Santa Barbara's "Favorite Weathercaster of the Year" in 2016 and the Community Partner of the Year in 2017 for her volunteer work with Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties and awarded with the 2018 Valparaiso University Alumni Association First Decade Achievement Award. Meredith co-chairs the American Meteorological Society Station Scientist Committee, which focuses on raising greater awareness & outreach when it comes to science education for viewers.  She's also an accomplished reporter, producing weather and science stories including rocket launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the new GOES-16 satellite and it's impacts on weather forecasting.  Meredith's also worked on features that took her paragliding along the coast, white water rafting in Northern California, learning to surf in the Pacific Ocean, and how to be an aerial photographer while flying a single engine plane!

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