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Average temperature change in every state over the past 100 years

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Average temperature change in every state over the past 100 years

The climate is changing, and nothing will be spared from its effects: No acre of nature, no human, and no animal is completely insulated from the changes that will take place over the next century. A larger and larger share of the electorate, now a majority at 51% according to a 2018 poll, believe that climate change is very important for the U.S. to address.

With increasing extreme weather events, climate change has become impossible to ignore. Just in the past year, for example, entire Californian towns were leveled by wildfires, the Midwest faced lethal flooding, and Hurricane Florence devastated the Carolinas. These weather disasters weren’t directly caused by a warming climate, but it made them worse, and their devastation is a troubling sign of what’s to come. From the future property values of potential purchases to the safety of your loved ones, it’s important to understand the effects the warming climate will have on the United States.

Climate change won’t affect every area equally, and that’s true between different states. But 27 out of 40 states had their hottest summers after 2000, and 32 out of 49 states had their hottest overall years after 2000 (data for Hawaii wasn’t available). Every state had a positive average temperature change (i.e., the state is getting warmer) except for Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Though the amount of warming, a few degrees at most, seems inconsequential, it’s important to know that past ice ages were caused by just a few degrees of cooling. At the track humans are on, the warming of Earth will have devastating worldwide effects without significant international efforts to stop it.

Stacker used July 2019 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information to detail the temperature change over the last century in every U.S. state, save Hawaii. Read on to find out where your state ranks, along with what year the hottest summer and coldest winter occurred. Winter in this story refers to December of the preceding year through February of the current year (e.g., in 1919, winter is December 1918 to February 1919), while summer refers to June through August of each year. Long-range temperature data for Hawaii were not available, and data for Alaska reflect the years 1925 through 2018.

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Alabama: -0.3° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 65.7° F (1921; 4% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 60.7° F (1976; 3.9% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2010 (Three-month average temperature: 82.2° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1978 (Three-month average temperature: 39.7° F; -15.1% below 100-year average)

 

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Alaska: 3° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 31.9° F (2016; 20.7% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 21.8° F (1956; 17.5% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2004 (Three-month average temperature: 55.9° F; 0.9% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1965 (Three-month average temperature: -5° F; -215.2% below 100-year average)

 

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Arizona: 2.7° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 63° F (2017; 5.4% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 57.8° F (1920; 3.3% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1994 (Three-month average temperature: 80.6° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1933 (Three-month average temperature: 35.9° F; -15.8% below 100-year average)

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Arkansas: 0° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 63.6° F (2012; 4.9% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 58° F (1979; 4.3% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1934 (Three-month average temperature: 83.2° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1978 (Three-month average temperature: 33.9° F; -18.5% below 100-year average)

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California: 2.4° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 61.4° F (2014; 6.1% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 55.6° F (1948; 3.9% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2017 (Three-month average temperature: 76.5° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1949 (Three-month average temperature: 36.8° F; -16.4% below 100-year average)

 

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Colorado: 2.3° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 48.3° F (2012; 7.2% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 42.5° F (1929; 5.7% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2012 (Three-month average temperature: 68.7° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1979 (Three-month average temperature: 19.5° F; -24.8% below 100-year average)

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Connecticut: 2.6° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 52.5° F (2012; 8% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 45.6° F (1926; 6.2% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2016 (Three-month average temperature: 71.8° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1920 (Three-month average temperature: 21.1° F; -24.1% below 100-year average)

 

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Delaware: 2.5° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 58.5° F (2012; 6.8% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 51.7° F (1940; 5.6% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2010 (Three-month average temperature: 78.1° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 28.3° F; -20.0% below 100-year average)

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Florida: 1.6° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 70.4° F (1919; 28.2% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 51.7° F (1940; 5.9% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1998 (Three-month average temperature: 83.5° F; 0.3% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1958 (Three-month average temperature: 52.8° F; -10.6% below 100-year average)

 

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Georgia: 0.4° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 65.8° F (2016; 3.5% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 61.5° F (1940; 3.2% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2010 (Three-month average temperature: 81.8° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1977 (Three-month average temperature: 41.3° F; -13.5% below 100-year average)

 

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Idaho: 1.9° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 46.9° F (1934; 9.2% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 39.7° F (1985; 7.6% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1961 (Three-month average temperature: 66.1° F; 0.6% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1949 (Three-month average temperature: 14.3° F; -41.7% below 100-year average)

 

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Illinois: 0.8° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 55.8° F (2012; 7.3% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 49.2° F (1924; 5.4% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 78.2° F; 0.6% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1978 (Three-month average temperature: 19.5° F; -31.7% below 100-year average)

 

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Indiana: 0.7° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 55.8° F (2012; 7.3% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 49.2° F (1924; 5.4% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 76.5° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1978 (Three-month average temperature: 19.7° F; -32.8% below 100-year average)

 

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Iowa: 0.6° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 52.1° F (2012; 8.9% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 44.3° F (1951; 7.4% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 76.7° F; 0.7% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 10.9° F; -49.7% below 100-year average)

 

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Kansas: 0.9° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 58.2° F (2012; 6.8% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 51.9° F (1924; 4.8% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1934 (Three-month average temperature: 83.2° F; 0.8% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1979 (Three-month average temperature: 23.1° F; -27.5% below 100-year average)

 

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Kentucky: 0.2° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 58.7° F (1921; 5.3% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 53° F (1958; 4.9% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 78.6° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1978 (Three-month average temperature: 26.5° F; -26.1% below 100-year average)

 

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Louisiana: 0.3° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 68.9° F (1921; 3.5% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 64.3° F (1976; 3.4% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2011 (Three-month average temperature: 84.9° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1978 (Three-month average temperature: 44° F; -13.9% below 100-year average)

 

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Maine: 2.5° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 44.6° F (2010; 9.7% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 37.1° F (1926; 8.8% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1937 (Three-month average temperature: 65.8° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1935 (Three-month average temperature: 11.1° F; -33.6% below 100-year average)

 

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Maryland: 1.8° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 57.5° F (2012; 6% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 51.6° F (1940; 4.9% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2010 (Three-month average temperature: 77.2° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 27.6° F; -20% below 100-year average)

 

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Massachusetts: 2.5° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 51.3° F (2012; 8% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 44.3° F (1926; 6.8% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1949 (Three-month average temperature: 70.8° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1920 (Three-month average temperature: 20.3° F; -23.5% below 100-year average)

 

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Michigan: 2.2° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 48.4° F (2012; 9.7% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 40.8° F (1924; 7.5% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1955 (Three-month average temperature: 69.6° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1920 (Three-month average temperature: 13.1° F; -37.7% below 100-year average)

 

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Minnesota: 2.3° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 45.3° F (1987; 11.6% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 36.5° F (1950; 10.1% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1988 (Three-month average temperature: 70.7° F; 0.6% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 2014 (Three-month average temperature: 3.7° F; -72.4% below 100-year average)

 

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Mississippi: -0.2° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 66.4° F (1921; 4.2% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 61.4° F (1976; 3.7% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2010 (Three-month average temperature: 82.9° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1978 (Three-month average temperature: 39.7° F; -15.5% below 100-year average)

 

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Missouri: 0.4° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 66.4° F (1921; 4.3% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 54.7° F (1919; 14.1% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1934 (Three-month average temperature: 81.8° F; 0.8% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1978 (Three-month average temperature: 24° F; -26.3% below 100-year average)

 

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Montana: 2.1° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 44.9° F (1934; 8% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 37.4° F (1951; 10.1% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 67.7° F; 0.7% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1937 (Three-month average temperature: 11° F; -46.5% below 100-year average)

 

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Nebraska: 1.2° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 52.7° F (2012; 8% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 45.5° F (1951; 6.7% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 77.5° F; 0.7% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1979 (Three-month average temperature: 14.5° F; -42.8% below 100-year average)

 

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Nevada: 2.2° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 53° F (1934; 6.1% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 47.2° F (1944; 5.5% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2017 (Three-month average temperature: 72.8° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1949 (Three-month average temperature: 21.5° F; -33.2% below 100-year average)

 

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New Hampshire: 2.4° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 46.6° F (2012; 8.6% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 39.3° F (1926; 8.4% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1949 (Three-month average temperature: 67.4° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1934 (Three-month average temperature: 13.2° F; -33.8% below 100-year average)

 

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New Jersey: 3° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 55.9° F (2012; 7.3% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 48.9° F (1926; 6.1% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2010 (Three-month average temperature: 75.7° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 25.2° F; -21.1% below 100-year average)

 

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New Mexico: 2.1° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 56.4° F (2017; 5.9% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 51.4° F (1975; 3.5% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2011 (Three-month average temperature: 75.2° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1919 (Three-month average temperature: 29.8° F; -16.3% below 100-year average)

 

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New York: 1.9° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 48.8° F (2012; 8.5% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 41.7° F (1926; 7.3% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2005 (Three-month average temperature: 70.1° F; 0.6% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1920 (Three-month average temperature: 15.5° F; -31% below 100-year average)

 

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North Carolina: 0.6° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 61.1° F (1990; 3.9% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 56.7° F (1963; 3.6% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2010 (Three-month average temperature: 78.9° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1977 (Three-month average temperature: 35.5° F; -14.6% below 100-year average)

 

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North Dakota: 1.9° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 45° F (1987; 11.9% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 34.9° F (1950; 13.2% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 72° F; 0.7% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: -3° F; -122.1% below 100-year average)

 

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Ohio: 1.2° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 54.1° F (1998; 6.6% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 48.1° F (1924; 5.3% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1934 (Three-month average temperature: 74.5° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1977 (Three-month average temperature: 20.4° F; -30.4% below 100-year average)

 

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Oklahoma: 0.2° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 63.2° F (2012; 5.5% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 57.4° F (1979; 4.2% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2011 (Three-month average temperature: 86.8° F; 0.8% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1979 (Three-month average temperature: 31.3° F; -20.3% below 100-year average)

 

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Oregon: 2.2° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 50.4° F (2015; 7.4% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 44.3° F (1922; 5.6% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2015 (Three-month average temperature: 66.7° F; 0.6% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1949 (Three-month average temperature: 24.2° F; -25.7% below 100-year average)

 

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Pennsylvania: 1.4° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 51.8° F (1998; 6.8% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 46° F (1924; 5.2% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2005 (Three-month average temperature: 71.5° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1977 (Three-month average temperature: 20.5° F; -25.6% below 100-year average)

 

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Rhode Island: 3.1° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 52.9° F (2012; 7.5% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 45.9° F (1926; 6.8% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2018 (Three-month average temperature: 71.7° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1920 (Three-month average temperature: 22.7° F; -22.9% below 100-year average)

 

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South Carolina: 0.7° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 65.1° F (2017; 3.9% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 60.7° F (1958; 3.1% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2010 (Three-month average temperature: 81.9° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1977 (Three-month average temperature: 40.1° F; -13.1% below 100-year average)

 

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South Dakota: 1.5° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 49.3° F (2012; 9.5% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 40.9° F (1950; 9.1% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 76.4° F; 0.8% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1937 (Three-month average temperature: 11.4° F; -41.2% below 100-year average)

 

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Tennessee: 0.1° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 60.6° F (1921; 4.7% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 55.5° F (1976; 4.1% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2010 (Three-month average temperature: 79.3° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1978 (Three-month average temperature: 31° F; -20.9% below 100-year average)

 

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Texas: 1.2° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 67.8° F (2012; 4.4% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 62.8° F (1976; 3.3% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2011 (Three-month average temperature: 86.8° F; 0.6% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1979 (Three-month average temperature: 42.8° F; -10.1% below 100-year average)

 

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Utah: 2.4° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 51.3° F (1934; 6.8% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 45.7° F (1975; 4.9% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2018 (Three-month average temperature: 72.6° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1949 (Three-month average temperature: 18.9° F; -32.5% below 100-year average)

 

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Vermont: 2.4° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 45.8° F (2012; 9.3% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 38.2° F (1926; 8.8% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2005 (Three-month average temperature: 67.4° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1934 (Three-month average temperature: 11° F; -39.6% below 100-year average)

 

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Virginia: 1° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 57.6° F (2012; 4.4% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 53° F (1940; 3.9% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2010 (Three-month average temperature: 76.6° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1936 (Three-month average temperature: 30° F; -18.0% below 100-year average)

 

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Washington: 1.7° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 50° F (2015; 7.6% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 43.4° F (1955; 6.6% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2015 (Three-month average temperature: 66.9° F; 0.7% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1949 (Three-month average temperature: 22.3° F; -28.5% below 100-year average)

 

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West Virginia: 0.8° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 54.3° F (1921; 4.8% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 49.3° F (1963; 4.9% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 2010 (Three-month average temperature: 73° F; 0.4% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1977 (Three-month average temperature: 24.5° F; -24.6% below 100-year average)

 

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Wisconsin: 1.9° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 47.4° F (2012; 10.7% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 39.5° F (1924; 7.7% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1988 (Three-month average temperature: 70.5° F; 0.5% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 2014 (Three-month average temperature: 8.4° F; -50% below 100-year average)

 

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Wyoming: 2.2° F per century

- Highest annual temperature: 44.8° F (2012; 8.6% above 100-year average)
- Lowest annual temperature: 38.4° F (1929; 6.9% below 100-year average)
- Hottest summer: 1988 (Three-month average temperature: 66.5° F; 0.6% above 100-year average)
- Coldest winter: 1979 (Three-month average temperature: 11.9° F; -43.4% below 100-year average)

 

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