While the eastern U.S. has spent much of this year shivering, it is on track to be the warmest year on record across the globe.
The first 10 months of the year, from January through October, have been the warmest such period since record-keeping began in 1880. The average temperature over land and sea was 1.22 degrees above the 20th century average, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
The 12-month period that ended in October also broke a record that was set just a month earlier, at 1.24 degrees above-average. November 2013 and May, June, August, September and October 2014 all set warmth records for each respective month.
The eastern United States and Canada stand out as an island of cool weather across a globe that is otherwise warmer than normal. Areas around the Great Lakes are averaging nearly 2 degrees colder than normal, while in the mid-Atlantic we are about 1 degree or less below normal.
Central Russia is the only other land area in the world with a significantly chilly trend so far this year.