NOAA: Alaska is warming more quickly than any other U.S. state
In recent months, there have been many news headlines of record heat, global warming and climate change, and, if recent data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is indicative at all, the subject matter and frequency of headlines will not be changing course any time soon.
The National Centers for Environmental Information of the NOAA reported last month that link That marked twelve straight months of record-breaking heat across the world. Global temperatures have now set records each month for an entire calendar year.
In the U.S., one state in particular is bearing the brunt of climate change: Alaska. According to the NOAA's Climate.gov, Alaska, on a statewide basis, has been warming at a rate of +5.3°F per century since 1950. This blows away temperature increases from other U.S. states.
Minnesota, the state warming at the second fastest rate, is nearly a full degree lower, as it has been warming at a rate of +4.4°F per century since 1950. Another northern contiguous state, Montana, is warming at the third fast clip -- at a rate of +4.3°F per century since 1950. Delaware, Wisconsin and New Jersey are tied for fourth with a warming rate of +4.1°F per century since 1950.
Arctic is warming faster than anywhere
Given that fact that nowhere on the planet is warming faster than the Artic and also the predictions that the Arctic will experience record-breaking melting this summer, it's not much of a surprise to see Alaska topping the chart of warming U.S. states.
For those who always ask, "But what about Alaska?": This week's Beyond the Data blog is for you. pic.twitter.com/XNC5kII1Nk
— NOAA Climate.gov (@NOAAClimate) May 20, 2016
There are 344 climate divisions in the continental U.S., and another 13 in Alaska. Of this 357 total climate divisions, the five that are warming the at the fastest rate are all in the state of Alaska.