In recent years, climate scientists have noticed a growing imbalance in the ratio of warm temperature records to cold records in the U.S., with warm records being set more frequently.
But even with this trend, October 2016 stands out as being particularly unusual.
Last month, the lower 48 states recorded 7,025 warm temperature records (record daytime highs and record warm nighttime temperatures), but just 508 record cold temperatures (including record cold daytime temperatures and record lows).
That’s a greater than 10-to-1 ratio in favor of warm records. Read more…