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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published February 08 2013

Weather Talk: Global temps in January warmer, except in Russia

The average temperature in Fargo-Moorhead during January was 10.8 degrees, which is a degree and a half above the long-term average for January. Mild weather the first half of the month was offset by a couple of cold snaps the second half.

Interestingly, across the globe, NASA infrared data from satellites shows January to have been quite warm. In fact, January was the second warmest around the world over the 35 years of satellite temperature estimates.

The most anomalously warm region of the world during January was across the far North Atlantic and Arctic oceans between Greenland and northern Norway, while the most anomalously cold region was across central Russia and Siberia. It has been a brutally cold winter across central and eastern Russia, a region known for having among the coldest winters on Earth, anyway.

The fact that January was above average globally, yet extremely cold in Russia, illustrates just how variable weather can be.

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