- Category: Tech & Science
- Published Tuesday, March 8, 2016
- CTV News
WASHINGTON - U.S. government meteorologists say the winter that has just ended was the hottest in U.S. records, thanks to the combination of El Nino and man-made global warming.
The average temperature for the lower 48 states from December through February -- known as meteorological winter -- was 2.7 C, 1.5 C above normal. It breaks the record set in 1999-2000.
Last month was the seventh warmest February. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate scientist Jake Crouch said a super-hot December pushed the winter to record territory. The fall of 2015 also was a U.S. record.
Records go back to 1895.