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Folks,
I suspect you all knew it was warm by you. But it was warm by me and nearly everywhere. 4.3 F above mean Nov-Jan in contiguous US, and 2.4 F above global land mean in Jan (see link 1).
So what to do? Slash climate research (link 2)!

Prius--more than a car.
nathan

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http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/relea ... 02020.html
NOVEMBER 2001 - JANUARY 2002 WARMEST ON RECORD IN U.S.;
GLOBAL TEMPERATURES WARMEST ON RECORD IN JANUARY
The contiguous United States experienced record warmth during the November 2001 through January 2002 three-month period, scientists at the NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., said today. The January global temperature was the warmest in the 123-year surface record. <snip>
The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 39.94 F (4.41 C), which was 4.3 F (2.4 C) above the 1895-2001 long-term mean. The previous record for the same three-month period was established in 1999-2000. Since 1976 the nationally averaged November-January temperature has risen at a rate of 1.2 F (0.7 C) per decade.<snip>
Anomalous warmth covered most land areas of the globe in January, with monthly mean temperatures more than 7 F (4 C) above average throughout large parts of North America and central Asia. The widespread nature, persistence and magnitude of the anomalies in the Northern Hemisphere contributed to an average land surface anomaly that was 2.43 F (1.35 C) above the 1880-2001 long-term mean (based on preliminary data), more than 0.6 F (0.3 C) greater than the previous record warm January.
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http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0314/p16s02-sten.html
As ice melts, climate-study funds dry up
Just as signs of climate change are becoming clearer throughout the Arctic, scientists are losing some of their ability to keep track of them.
Monitoring stations are closing across northern Canada, Russia, and the United States as governments cut budgets and shift spending priorities. This knocks holes in the networks that record stream flow, precipitation, air temperature, and other climate data.
 
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