The following is an excerpt from CBSNews.com | March 9, 2016 |
WASHINGTON -- Federal meteorologists say this winter was the warmest in U.S. record, thanks to the combination of El Niño and man-made global warming.
The average temperature for the Lower 48 states from December through February -- the period known as meteorological winter -- was 36.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 4.6 degrees above normal. That breaks the record set in 1999-2000.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate scientist Jake Crouch said a super-warm December -- with Christmas Day temperatures in the 60s on the East Coast -- pushed the winter to record territory. The fall of 2015 also set a U.S. record.
All six New England states had their warmest winters. Every state in the Lower 48 was at least 1.7 degrees warmer than normal. Alaska was 10.6 degrees warmer than normal.
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