WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be hard to believe for a country that’s shivering from Maine to Miami, but 2014 has gotten off to a rather toasty start.
Meteorologists said that last month was the second warmest January on record globally, behind 2007, with temperatures 1.4 degrees above the average for the 20th century. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated that the United States in January was 2.9 degrees warmer than normal, making it the 24th warmest January since 1880.
In America, January and the entire winter so far has been a tale of two nations: record hot in the West, bone-chilling cold to the East. While Boston is buried in more than 8 feet of snow, parts of Pacific Northwest that depend on winter snow have gotten next to nothing.
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