January 2020 was the world’s warmest January on record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, which maintains a 141 year climate history. This January was the fifth warmest on record in the United States, with the vast majority of weather stations reporting above average temperatures for November, December, and January.
The departure from normal is based on the difference between historical and recent temperature averages. So while the climate crisis has had real impacts on every part of the world, not all places have experienced similarly mild winter weather this year. (Here are America’s coldest cities.)
To capture some of these geographical differences and identify the cities having the most unusually mild winters this year, 24/7 Wall St. compared average temperature data from NOAA’s U.S. Historical Climatology Network. We analyzed data for over 1,200 weather stations.
The average temperature this winter through January was lower than the respective historical averages in just 15 of 1,218 U.S. weather stations. However, climate change effects are nothing if not erratic, and despite an overall mild winter, in many areas of the U.S. winter is far from over. The 2020 Farmer’s Almanac predicted in early January severe winter storms in February and March and a late Spring. (Here are the 25 worst holiday storms of all time.)
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