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Alaska is Heating Up at a Record Pace

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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.

Climate.gov: U.S. states warming rate, °F per century
Climate.gov: U.S. states warming rate, °F per century

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.

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.

Matt Mills Matt Mills has been involved in various aspects of online media, both on the editorial side and on the technology side, for more than 16 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is currently involved in multiple projects focused on innovation journalism.