Climate bulletin - February 2014

Summary of the world's climate in February 2014.

The global average temperature for February 2014 was 0.30 ± 0.16 °C above the 1961-1990 average. Sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) in the Tropical Pacific remained close to the long-term average, but together with other indicators, conditions were still El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) neutral.

During February, the global average air temperature over land was warmer than the long-term average (0.41 ± 0.35 °C). Large areas of North America, including the United States and Canada were colder than average as was a large area of Eurasia, east of the Caspian Sea. Parts of South America and northern Australia were also colder than average. Western Eurasia and the western United States were warmer than average, as were land areas on the Asian and American sides of the Bering Strait.

SSTs were generally warmer than average in February. Large areas of unusual warmth were recorded in the North Pacific, parts of the North Atlantic, Indian Ocean, South Atlantic, Mediterranean and Western Pacific. Areas of unusually cold waters were more limited with the most extensive areas appearing in the far south west Atlantic. Parts of the Tropical Pacific were also unusually cold, but observations from this region have been less reliable in recent months due to the failure of a number moored buoys in the TAO/TRITON array.

Last updated: 2 April 2014