Mother Earth has a sense of humor, if her weather patterns are any indication. Here is a roundup of some of the craziest weather events that have taken place in the United States thus far in 2016:
Between January 22-24, nearly 103 million people, or a third of the total U.S. population, were affected by a monster snowstorm. From Arkansas to New Hampshire, the uber-storm dumped over 20 inches of snow over the Northeast and over 10 inches in the Southeast.
The State of the Climate report released by NOAA reported that the surface temperature of the Earth was 1.21 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average. This February not only displaced last February as the warmest in 137 years of being charted, but also earned the record for the largest temperature anomaly of any month in the NOAA database, which dates all the way back to 1880.
Just one month after breaking the world record for the largest anomaly for the surface temperature of the Earth, it happened again- this time with a surface temperature 1.22 degrees Celsius above average, according to NOAA.
Up to 21 inches were reported in some of Colorado’s mountain towns, with the Denver metro area receiving between 3-14 inches in various suburban locations, during a snowstorm that occurred from April 16-18. Even in a state known for its extreme weather conditions, this was a bizarre and heavy snowfall that shut down many businesses and made travel tough over the weekend. True to form, Denver was enjoying temps in the 70s just one week later!