1.2 degrees increase average everywhere but the United States?
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While the start of the new year may have been cold for the U.S., the rest of the globe experienced the fourth warmest January on record.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported on Thursday that the average global temperature was 54.8 degrees Fahrenheit in January, coming in above the 20th century average of 53.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
“We see more evidence that we will continue to have cold air outbreaks as the climate continues to warm,” said Deke Arndt, a scientist with the National Climatic Data Center.
“Cold air outbreaks, like the type we saw in January, over time, have become statistically more uncommon.”
Arndt’s comments contrast a familiar refrain used by Republicans in the last week.
As snowstorms hit a majority of states across the U.S., Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) slammed President Obama for taking extra efforts to mitigate climate change.
“Snow on the grd in 49 of 50 states and POTUS thinks global warming shld be an urgent priority,” Cornyn wrote on Twitter.