On January 10, the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information released their annual summary. The report detailed extreme weather events and average temperatures and noted that 2021 was the fourth warmest year since US started maintaining records. This means that the six warmest US years have all occurred since 2012. Key points include:
The average contiguous US temperature was 54.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.5 degrees above the 20th-century average
- There were 20 billion-dollar weather and climate events during 2021, two less than the record of 2020
- April, June, and November were drier than average across almost the entire western half of the country
The full report can be read here.