According to NOAA scientists, the globally-averaged temperature for January 2013 tied with 1995 as the ninth warmest January since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 37th consecutive January and 335th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average January temperature was January 1976 and the last below-average temperature for any month was February 1985.
Many areas across the world experienced higher-than-average monthly temperatures, including Alaska, the eastern United States, southern Greenland, Uzbekistan, and Australia. Meanwhile, far northwestern and central Canada, the western United States, and a large swath of northern Eurasia were most notably below average.
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