No matter where you live in the US, 2015 was hotter than average
This was the 19th straight year when the annual average temperature across the country exceeded the 20th century average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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The climate information from NOAA showed that 2015 was also the third-wettest year since 1895, with only 1973 and 1983 ranking as wetter years. Oklahoma and Texas were record wet for the year, with both states becoming drought-free for the first time since 2010.
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In addition, there were 10 weather and climate disasters that caused at least $1 billion in losses, including a drought, two floods, five severe storm outbreaks, a wildfire and severe winter storm.
Statewide temperature rankings for December 2015. Any state with a "121" ranking had its warmest such month on record.
The U.S. Climate Extremes Index, which measures how extreme the weather was across the country, was 70% above average for the year, which was the fourth-highest level in the 106 year record, and highest since 2012. Extremes in warm daytime and nighttime temperatures and one-day precipitation totals were much above average for the year, NOAA found.
The month of December helped boost annual temperatures, since it was the country's warmest such month on record, breaking the previous record by more than 1 degree Fahrenheit. A whopping 29 states in the eastern part of the country had the warmest December on record. No state was record cold, NOAA found.
Heywood plot showing evolution of temperatures for 2015 compared to all previous years in Yakima, Washington. The green line shows 2015's temperatures.
While the U.S. did not set a record for its warmest year, the globe almost certainly did, with data set to be released within the next week showing that 2015 was by far the warmest year on record worldwide. The warm year was due largely to manmade global warming and a record strength El Niño event in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
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