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Record Temperatures, Winter 2014/2015

By Climate Central

There’s a climate change story here. In a world without global warming, you’d expect to set a roughly equal number of high and low records over time. The balance wouldn’t be exact — in some years, highs would win out, in others lows. But over a 10- or 20-year period, it would all balance out.

Even with the recent record cold outbreaks, the number of record highs across the U.S. this winter is markedly beating the number of record lows by a margin of 3 to 2. This is a flip from the past two years, when record lows had been outpacing record highs — a striking departure from the long-term pattern that we are experiencing.