An other record on global warming: This was the warmest winter ever recorded in the United States.
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According to NOAA’s latest regular “State of the Climate” report, the temperature average across the United States was 36.8°F, which was 4.6 degrees above the 20th century average.
Above-average February temperatures were widespread across the western half of the nation as well as parts of the Midwest and Northeast, where 21 states were much warmer than average. Alaska had its warmest February on record with a statewide temperature of 17.2°F, 12.4°F above average. Near-average February temperatures were observed across the Southeast.
Forty-six states across the contiguous U.S. had a winter temperature that was above average. Much-above average winter temperatures were observed across the West, Great Plains, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast. Each of the six New England states had a winter temperature that was record warm.