Warm and wet February here but slightly cooler around the globe

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Rhianna Stone, left, Amanda Alvarez, center, and Sofia Muro take advantage of warmer weather, as they play on a playground at sunset in Armstrong Park, Friday, March 11, 2011 in Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier,Jordan Kartholl ) MANDATORY CREDIT

Even though it was warmer and wet here in Dayton during the month of February that’s not that case for the entire globe. 

We saw above the fourth wettest February on record and while temperatures didn’t make it into the top 10 for the month we were still well above normal. But looking at the entire globe – both land and water it’s just a little different. 

According to new data from NOAA, February 2018 was the coolest February in four years. 
Numbers are still above the 20th century average by about 1.17 degrees but it’s still one degree cooler than the record set back in  2016. 

Not only did we see record setting precipitation here in the Miami Valley but also across much of the U-S. This was the wettest February since 1998. 

Despite being cooler than in recent years the arctic and antarctic sea ice were both below normal. 

Back home – looking ahead to the forecast for the end of March and beginning of April – the climate prediction center is forecasting below normal temperatures for much of the northern US including here in the Miami Valley. 

As far as precipitation the forecast calls for above normal for much of the Ohio river valley. 

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