2017-01-09. 2016 was 2nd warmest year on record for U.S.

posted Jan 11, 2017, 7:34 PM by Alan Gould

NOAA news release. For GSS Climate Change chapter 4. Excerpt: 15 weather and climate disasters caused 138 deaths, $46B in damages. ...depending on where you live, 2016 was either parched, soggy — or both. ...The average U.S. temperature in 2016 was 54.9 degrees F (2.9 degrees F above average), which ranked as the second warmest year in 122 years of record-keeping. This is the 20th consecutive year the annual average temperature exceeded the average. Every state in the contiguous U.S. and Alaska experienced above-average annual temperatures, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. ...This is the second highest number of disasters experienced in one year, with double the record number of inland flooding events for one year. ...1 drought (affected multiple areas); 1 wildfire (affected multiple areas); 4 inland floods; 8 severe storms; and 1 hurricane (Matthew)....  http://www.noaa.gov/news/2016-was-2nd-warmest-year-on-record-for-us