Data shows Northeast US warming faster than rest of country
States in the Northeast U.S. have warmed more than states in other parts of the country, data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows.
The temperatures in four Northeastern states, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut, have been among the highest compared to their 20th century averages over the past five years.
Delaware and New Jersey have been on average 3 degrees Fahrenheit higher than their average temperature between 1901 and 2000.
Rhode Island has been an average of 2.8 degrees higher than its 1901 to 2000 average. Connecticut has tied Florida for the fourth-place spot, as each state was 2.7 degrees warmer than its 1901 to 2000 average.
During the five-year period, every state was warmer than its 20th century average, with Oklahoma experiencing the smallest change of 1.3 degrees.
While Northern states had the greatest changes, Southern states were still the hottest, with Florida, Louisiana and Texas having the highest average temperatures during the five-year period.
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