Environment & Climate

2021 was the sixth-warmest year on record.

The average global temperature was 0.84°C (1.51°F) above the 20th century average. It was also 0.15°C (0.27°F) below 2016, the warmest year on record.

Environment & Climate

All states, and especially in the Northeast and upper Midwest, were warmer in 2021 than the 20th century average.

Environment & Climate

Average US rainfall for the last decade is 3.6% higher than the average rainfall for the previous decade.

Environment & Climate

In 2021, Mississippi and Massachusetts each had more than 10 inches of precipitation over their 20th century averages.

Other states are becoming drier: Montana and Oregon had the greatest drops in average annual precipitation compared to their 20th century averages.

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