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Warming weather trends are back in the general news headlines after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter weather update and notes that this winter was the fourth warmest on record.
The administration writes that, the "contiguous U.S. temperature during the December-February period was 36.8 degrees, 3.9 degrees above the 1901-2000 average — the warmest since 2000."
Indeed the average was the fourth highest behind three other winters in the 1990s, and this year builds on the overall warming of the contiguous United States, rising some 1.7 degrees per century.
However, in South Carolina the trend has been a little different.
I'll stop there and point you to NOAA's release for oodles more context and data (though it has no South Carolina specific tidbits).
Of course, locally cooler air in South Carolina won't help us much in the Lowcountry with the sea level rise that's been happening.