February 2017 was 2nd warmest Tmax. 1954 is still the record holder.
2017 Map of Tmax anomalies
1954 Map of Tmax anomalies
According to the NOAA, October 2016 Tmax in the USA was 117th warmest out of 122. 122 wast warmest.
1963 was warmest. 1947, 1950, 1953 and 1938 were also warmer than 2016.
(I publish Tmax instead of Tavg because I believe much of the US warming is UHI making the evenings warmer which shows up in the Tmin)
Despite the El Nino that supposedly made the earth the “warmest ever”, the NOAA Climate At A Glance pages shows no records for February temperature.
Maximum was 6th highest – 3.06F colder than 1954.
Minimum was 7th highest – 1.61F colder than 1998
February’s in the USA have been cooling for over 30 years.
February 2015 was ranked 53 out of 121 (121 being warmest).