Well, sort of. 2014 was the Earth's warmest year on record -- the average surface temperature on Earth was higher in 2014 than at any time since scientists began taking detailed measurements 135 years ago. It wasn't just the end of the year that was warm: May, June, August and September set new records for monthly highs*, and October tied a previous high. December set a new record as the warmest month ever measured. https://www.latimes.com/science/sciencen ... story.html
*Meaning the global average temperature for May was the warmest May on record, for June was the warmest June on record, etc.
AND Jan 2015 just continued the trend. Jan 2015 was the second warmest January on record:
The January 2015 globally-averaged temperature across land and ocean surfaces was 0.77Â°C (1.39Â°F) above the 20th century average of 12.0Â°C (53.6Â°F), the second highest on record for January since records began in 1880. The warmest January was in 2007, when the monthly global temperature was 0.86Â°C (1.55Â°F) above average.
So it isn't that the cold is just moved to January. And it in fact in Feb has been record settingly cold where I am, but our corner of the US is one of the few places on the planet that is cold.
https://i1.wp.com/www.stirimeteo.com/wp- ... T2_T26.png
This happens to be Feb 8, but it is representative.