While some states started off the year with record heat, the Inland Northwest froze its buns off.
In between January 1st and May 5th, the year 2017 set heat records across a blanket of states, from New Mexico over to Florida and up to Ohio.
For the Lower 48 as a whole, 2017 is the second warmest in records going back to 1895.
New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates average temperature for the contiguous U.S. through April was 43.7°F (6.5°C).
This is 4.5°F (2.5°C) above the 20th-century average.
This puts the four-month period behind only 2012, which saw major heat waves and drought across much of the central part of the nation.
February heat is the main culprit behind the high temperature average for the year for the majority of the U.S.
Inland Northwest heat was lacking!
Seriously, everywhere but here!
Out of every region in the U.S., the Pacific Northwest is the only region with temperatures at or below average for the year so far.
Winter and the beginning of Spring brought below normal temperatures and more snow and rain than normal to the Northwest. A cool and wet trend that may return to the local forecast as early as this weekend.
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