Last year was the fourth hottest on record in the United States, report says

January 10 (Reuters) – 2021 ranked as the fourth hottest year on record in the United States, with December 2021 being the hottest December on record as the country has been hit by 20 different disasters $ 1 billion, according to a preview of a government report released Monday.

The National Environmental Information Centers (NCEI) analysis came hours after European Union scientists said last year was the fifth hottest on record in the world, adding to evidence indicating the long-term warming trend of the globe.

NCEI is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The agency will release its full annual climate report on January 13.

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“I wish I could say otherwise, but I expect even more of this in the years and decades to come,” Russell Vose, head of NCEI’s climate analysis and synthesis branch, told Reuters.

In the contiguous United States, the hottest six years in 127 years of record keeping have all occurred since 2012, the NCEI said in the preview of a full climate report.

The average temperature in the contiguous United States in 2021 was 54.5 degrees Fahrenheit (12.5 degrees Celsius), 2.5 degrees above the 20th century average. The record high of 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit (12.94 degrees Celsius) was set in 2012.

“The consequences of climate change impact every American, especially disadvantaged communities across the country. We must act on the climate now to build a better and safer future for all,” said Eddie Johnson, chair of the committee. of the United States House of Representatives. on science, space and technology. Johnson said the report was “heartbreaking”.

Temperatures were particularly warm in the northeastern states of Maine and New Hampshire, which recorded their second warmest years in history. The northeastern, midwestern, and western states also had temperatures well above average, while conditions in the southern states were closer to average.

The report also found that the nation had experienced 20 weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding $ 1 billion each. These events included wildfires in the western United States, a cold snap in the middle of the country in February that caused power outages for nearly 10 million people, tornadoes in December in Kentucky and the Surrounding states, among others.

It was the second-highest number of so-called billion dollar events on record. The highest was 22 events in 2020.

Total disaster costs in the United States exceeded $ 145 billion for the year. Hurricane Ida, which hit the US Gulf of Mexico coast in August, caused the most losses with $ 75 billion.

Deaths related to these events reached 688 and were the highest in a decade.

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Reporting by Nichola Groom in Los Angeles and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Aurora Ellis and Lisa Shumaker

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