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2021 is the 4th warmest year on record in the United States according to NOAA

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 5:32 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2022 at 5:48 PM EST
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(WBNG) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has determined 2021 is the 4th warmest year on record for the United States since 1895. This announcement was published in NOAA’s annual report, Assessing the Climate of the United States.

Notice the top six warmest years have all come since 2012.
Notice the top six warmest years have all come since 2012.(WBNG-TV)

According to NOAA’s analysis, there was about 2.5°F deviation from normal for the United States in 2021.

It is clearly visible why when looking a the national map.

The majority of the nation observed temperatures much above average.
The majority of the nation observed temperatures much above average.(WBNG-TV)

Closer to home, this pattern is prevalent as almost all climate sites recorded at top five warmest year.

Local climate sites from western New York to Southern New England observed a warm year to say...
Local climate sites from western New York to Southern New England observed a warm year to say the least.(WBNG-TV)

The main story of 2021 may not actually be the warm temperatures but instead the extreme weather disasters. NOAA determined that there were 20 weather events that cost $1 billion or more. This is the second most on record only behind 2020 when there were 22 events.

There were many weather events to note in 2021 but here are some of the key highlights.
There were many weather events to note in 2021 but here are some of the key highlights.(WBNG-TV)

As part of NOAA’s analysis, billion dollar disasters from previous years are adjusted to inflation to ensure data is not skewed.

For a full breakdown of NOAA’s report, follow this link

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