Polar Vortex: February 2015 Temperature Departure

From the National Snow and Ice Data Center Website for March 4, 2015. There were four warm temperature state records set in February but surprisingly, no record cold state temperature records were set. There were 13 near-record cold state temperatures (2nd through 5th coldest) and three near-record warm state records (2nd and 3rd warmest).

http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2015/03/possibly-low-in-the-north-definitely-high-in-the-south/

From the National Climatic Data Center summary for the global temperature, February 2014:
The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces during February tied with 2001 as the 21st highest on record for February, at 54.64°F (12.51°C) or 0.74°F (0.41°C) above the 20th century average. The margin of error associated with this temperature is ±0.22°F (0.12°C).

February 2014 Blended Land and Sea Surface Temperature Percentiles
February 2014 Blended Land & Sea Surface Temperature Percentiles

February marked the 29th consecutive February and348th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average temperature for February and the last below-average temperature for any month was February 1985.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/summary-info/global/2014/2