2016 was America's 2nd warmest year on record, 2nd wettest in MN

The contiguous U.S.A had its second warmest year in 122 years of record-keeping.
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Weather officials confirmed what had long been suspected, 2016 was an exceptionally warm year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday that 2016 was the second-warmest year on record in the contiguous United States, with an average temperature of 54.9 degrees, coming in 2.9 degrees above average.

It's the 20th year in a row that the country has experienced above annual average warmth. No part of the country had average- or below-average temperatures last year.

The warmest year on record remains 2012.

Among the other notable data released by the NOAA on Monday is that Minnesota and Wisconsin experienced their second wettest years on record. And the 40.32 inches that fell in the Twin Cities last year was about 9.71 inches above average, making it the wettest year on record there, weather officials said.

Temperatures in Minnesota have been above average for the past 16 months in a row. This map from the NOAA shows that the areas that experienced the highest above-average temperatures could be found in northern Minnesota and North Dakota.

NBC New York reports that information on the average global temperature for 2016 is expected to be released later this month.

Weather disasters on the rise

NOAA says that as well as being the second-warmest year on record, 2016 also saw the second-most "weather and climate disasters" experienced in a single year.

There were 15 weather or climate events that between them claimed 138 lives and caused $46 billion of damage.

These disasters include eight severe storms, a wildfire, a drought, four inland floods and Hurricane Matthew.

Although not severe enough to qualify as a disaster for NOAA's standards, Minnesota was hit by flooding in September that qualified the some counties for federal money to pay for damage from the floods.

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