2015 Was the Second Warmest Year Ever in the U.S.

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Last year was the second warmest ever in the United States, with temperatures in December setting another record and every state encountering warmer-than-average condition in 2015.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday the annual average temperature across the United States in 2015 were 54.4 degrees, or 2.4 degrees above the 20th century average. Only 2012 was warmer in the U.S. with an average temperature of 55.3 degrees.

Temperatures in December reached 38.6 degrees across the country, which is 6 degrees above the 20th century average and easily broke the previous record of 37.7 degrees set in 1939. It was most pronounced in the eastern half of the nation, where 29 states had the warmest December on record.

While no record, the year was still dominated by talk about warmer conditions and the related impacts – whether that was the continued drought in California, wildfires in Alaska or the balmy temperatures that greeted New Yorkers on Christmas.

Losses for weather related disasters topped $1 billion in 2015, including a wildfire event, drought, five severe storms and a winter storm.

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SOURCE: Fox News, Michael Casey