America's new normal: A degree hotter than two decades ago
May 5, 2021
America's new normal temperature is a degree hotter than it was just two decades ago.
Scientists have long talked about climate change - hotter temperatures, changes in rain and snowfall and more extreme weather - being the "new normal." Data released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration put hard figures on the cliche.
The new United States normal is not just hotter, but wetter in the eastern and central parts of the nation and considerably drier in the West than just a decade earlier.