New report: 2015 second warmest year for U.S.

The continental U.S. experienced its second warmest year on record with an annual average temperature 54.4 degrees, 2.4 degrees above the 20th century average.

According to a report released this morning by the National Centers for Environmental Information, 2015 is runner-up to 2012 when the average U.S. temp was 55.3 degrees.

“This is the 19th consecutive year the annual average temperature exceeded the 20th century average,” the NOAA report notes. “The first part of the year was marked by extreme warmth in the west and cold in the east, but by the end of 2015, record warmth spanned the east with near-average temperatures across the west.”

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Southeast Florida experienced it’s warmest year on record, as was reported last week.

“If one word can describe South Florida’s weather in 2015, it would be HOT,” wrote meteorologist Robert Molleda in a year-end report issued by the NWS office in Miami. “It will go down as the hottest year on record at all four main climate sites.”

The year-long average temperature in West Palm Beach was 78 degrees, 2.6 degrees above the norm in records dating back to 1888.

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