According to reports from the National Climate Data Center (NCDC), February 2013 was the 9th hottest since global temperature records began more than 100 years ago.
February followed a 9th hottest January and begins a year that is, globally, warmer than 2012. February 2013 was the warmest February since 2010, a time when El Nino conditions held sway over the eastern equatorial Pacific. Current ENSO conditions are neutral so, without the ENSO signal, this February would, likely approach or exceed temperature values for 2010.
February 2013 was the 336th consecutive month with global temperatures above the 20th century average and the 37th straight hotter than average February. The last year in which February saw a below average global temperature was 1976. And the last below average month was December of 1984.
In a related matter, Arctic sea ice showed its 7th lowest average extent ever recorded while sea ice volume remained at lowest levels ever recorded.