The second warmest December on record boosted 2014 to the 34th warmest year in the contiguous United States, according to a report released today by the U.S. National Climatic Data Center. The record extends back to 1895.
This marks the 18th consecutive year that the U.S. temperature exceeded the 20th century average.
But it certainly wasn’t close to being a record breaker in the United States (although it almost certainly will turn out that way globally for the year). The map above —