The Lower 48 Just Had Its Warmest Winter on Record

Winter? What Winter?

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”

That Albert Camus quote could just as easily be the country’s weather talking. Yesterday NOAA announced that across the contiguous United States, this winter was the warmest on the books.

The average temperature for December, January, and February was 4.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average. All six New England states set new high-temperature records, and not a single one of the Lower 48 experienced below-average winter temperatures. Alaska stayed unusually toasty, too—the state had its second-warmest winter on record, with temperatures that climbed more than 10 degrees above average.

Hot on the heels of the world’s warmest year and January on record, along with the States’ warmest autumn, this latest broken record sounds a bit like a broken record. El Niño is helping to give the mercury a boost, but it’s only building on the planet’s already high and human-fueled fever.

This post first appeared in onEarth.

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