From 1895 to 1998 the Contiguous USA warmed at a very small rate of .78F per century. The NOAA graph is here.
The interesting thing is that 34% of the warming occurred in the month of February. January even had a slight cooling trend.
From 1998 to 2013, the USA cooled at a rate of -3.33F per century. February was responsible for 66% of the cooling.
Any ideas? Is it an NOAA artifact or something else? It seems strange that CO2 would prefer February for 100 years and then forsake it. 🙂
Graphs for each month/period below. (The percentages do not add up properly because some months were going in opposite direction of overall trend, but they give an idea of the magnitude)
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