Despite 'polar vortex', January was globe's warmest since 2007

While most of the continental United States shivered amid the "polar vortex" last month, globally, it was the fourth-warmest January on record and warmest since 2007.

The average temperature was 1.17 degrees above the 20th century average of 53.6 degrees, according to the National Climatic Data Center's State of the Climate report. The average temperature just over land was 2.11 degrees above average, at 37 degrees.

While cold temperatures dominated the eastern U.S., the warmest temperature anomalies occurred in Alaska, Greenland and eastern China and Russia, according to the report. In France, it tied for the warmest January on record, and was the second-highest January on record in China.

January 2014 was the eighth-coldest on record in Baltimore, with an average temperature of 27.4 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. It was the coldest month here since January 1994. 

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