The fact the world is getting warmer isn’t a newsflash, or, it shouldn’t be at least.
But just how much warmer is it getting?
According to a Feb. 21 report from Climate Central: though the U.S. as a whole has seen a trend that raised annual average temperatures by 1.3°F, winter has seen the fastest warming. Climate Central calls it a “drastic winter warming trend” that has developed since 1970, with winter temperatures increasing in the 48 lower states — or more than four-and-a-half times faster per decade than the rate over 100 years. (Read the full report here.)
The fastest warming states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Vermont and South Dakota. How does your state shape up? Explore Climate Central’s interactive graphic.
Oh, and while this study focuses on winters, check out this NPR story from today on the increased humidity being experienced during summer months because of climate change.