Yes, it's been dreadfully cold the past few days. But, seriously, don't let the cold snap fool you. North Carolina actually just had its warmest year on record, according to new data
from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with an average temperature from January–December 2017 of 61.1 degrees, making it 2.6 degrees higher than the state’s twentieth-century average.
North Carolina wasn't the only state to see record highs. Across the U.S., this was the third-warmest year since record-keeping began in 1895, and the twenty-first consecutive year that was warmer than average in the U.S. For the third year in a row, every state in the country had temperatures that were above-average.
Four other states—Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico, and South Carolina—also had their warmest year on record. And thirty-two other states had one of their ten warmest years on record.
It's hard to square that with the freezing picture we've had of North Carolina over the past several days, but that's just the truth. Before we know it, we'll be melting with humidity again.