US Faces Tornadoes, Ice Loss, and Early Syrup in Warmest Winter

The US has just experienced its hottest winter ever, with record-breaking temperatures driving away snow and ice and making the coldest months feel bizarrely balmy in many parts of the country.

Swaths of the lower 48 states had a “lost winter”, with many of the coldest winter states – New York, Vermont, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and New Hampshire – all setting new record heat levels for the season, which concluded at the end of February, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  

Overall, the winter was 5.4F (3C) hotter than the long-term average, a considerable 0.8F (0.4C) increase on the previous record set in the winter of 2015-2016. The US hasn’t had a warmer winter in 130 years of record keeping, and possibly before this, too. Read More

News Credit: The Guardian

Picture Credit:  Erick Madrid/EPA

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