Despite this week’s chattering cold, North Jersey winters are warming

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JAMES M. O’NEILL / NORTHJERSEY.COM – As you flicked on a space heater to keep your water pipes from freezing, or heard your teeth rattle through a ninth consecutive day with temperatures below freezing Wednesday, global warming might seem like a lame joke.

But while New Jersey and the eastern United States are experiencing below normal temperatures, the rest of the northern hemisphere is basking in above normal temperatures.

“Europe is cooking right now, and Russia – they must wonder if it’s January,” said David Robinson, New Jersey’s state climatologist and a Rutgers University professor. “Tibet, southern China, Iraq, Iran, as well as Alaska and down the Rockies to Mexico is all above normal.” …

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