Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Weather events in 2017 caused record damage in the United States

Weather events in 2017 caused record damage in the United States

Based on data recorded this year, they will likely announce that 2017 is the second- or third-warmest year on record.

NOAA scientists say the five warmest years on record for the US all have occurred since 2006.

The results put annual average temperatures for the Lower 48 states at 54.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.6 degrees higher than the average for the 20th century.

The average maximum temperature for the city in 2017 was 64.6 degrees, which was 2.3 degrees above average.

While 2018 might be off to a frigid start, 2017 was North Carolina's hottest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"Just the fact that every state had above average temperatures is significant and there were numerous states where it was the warmest it has ever been on record", said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist with NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. The five hottest years on record in the country have been in the last decade, based on 123 years of record-keeping.

Five states had their top warmest year in records that date back to 1895, including Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina and SC. The five warmest years have all occurred in the past 11 years, with 2012 being the warmest. And thirty-two other states had one of their ten warmest years on record.

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NOAA and NASA will release their global temperature report next week. Some areas, such as part of the interior Northwest, saw below-average temperatures.

The U.S. also saw 16 weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion, tying the record set in 2011.

Total costs nationwide for the disasters that ranged from tropical cyclones to wildfires is an estimated $306 billion. Those included Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which joined Hurricanes Sandy (2012) and Katrina (2005) as the top-five costliest hurricanes in USA history. Climate scientists have long suggested that climate change may lead to a higher risk of certain extreme weather and climate events.

The previous record for weather-related costs was in 2005 when subsequent Hurricanes, such as Katrina, hit the United States and caused $214bn of damages.

In Massachusetts, a year ago was close to average for overall precipitation.

Deke Arndt, monitoring section chief for NOAA's NCEI, noted that the loss data only goes back to 1980 when public and private data is most accurate.

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