America's new normal: A degree hotter than two decades ago

 

Noah Berger, Associated Press

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 file photo, a helicopter drops water while battling the River Fire in Salinas, Calif. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of blazes sparked by lightning strikes during a statewide heat wave. According to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 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.

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.

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