Met Office analysts claim Cambridge recorded 38.7C on July 25 - smashing the previous record. Hottest: (tie) 110°F, July 5 and 7, 1900, in Colombia and July 15, 1954, in Balcony Falls, Coldest: -30°F, January 21, 1985, in Charlottesville. Short answer: yes. The state has also seen more than the average amount of sea-level rise—13 inches since 1880, rather than 8 inches globally. Pennsylvania saw its greatest number of tidal flooding days in 2011, thanks in part to the remnants of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee passing through the state, while 2012 brought a destructive cluster of thunderstorms called a derecho. Montana has been getting fewer cold nights since the 1990s. All this presents challenges for agriculture here; Illinois is an important producer of corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, hogs, sheep, and poultry, among other commodities, and it’s suffered significant losses as a result of these climate changes. It’s getting wetter, too, with precipitation—including extreme precipitation events—as well as sea-level rise going up and up. Cold waves are down, heat waves are up in this tiny ocean state. Hottest: 120°F, August 10, 1936, in Ozark, Coldest: -29°F, February 13, 1905, in Gravette. If you thought New York’s temperature increases were severe, North Dakota is experiencing the greatest of any in the continental United States—with average annual increases of 0.26°F per decade. Hottest: 112°F, July 13, 1936, in Stanwood, Coldest: -51°F, Feb 9, 1934, in Vanderbilt. It’s going to see a shift in its snowfall. Kentucky has been getting its share of heavy precipitation events in the last 20 years, and while NOAA projects that those will increase, so will drought conditions—a mix that’s a lose-lose for agriculture. In that same year, the state had its driest July to September period in the historical record, which led to severe drought and the more than 2,000 wildfires that occurred starting in October, burning more than 1.2 million acres. With all that water everywhere, there will be less to drink, with increasing temps leading to loss of soil moisture and ultimately, more intense droughts. Find out what every state in America is best—and worst—at. For hot spots: The hot spots map shows the share of population with a new reported case over the last week. Iowa City. Coldest: (tie) -47°F February 3, 1996, in Elkader & January 12, 1912 in Washta. Hottest: (tie) 112°F, August 20, 1983, in Greenville and July 24, 1952, in Louisville, Coldest: -17°F, Jan 27, 1940 in CCC Camp Fire F-16. Wildfire occurrence and severity are also on the rise. Although it had its highest number of extreme precipitation events from 2015 to 2018, this is too short a period to constitute a trend—unlike in so many other regions of the United States. Erratic temperature fluctuations have wreaked havoc on agriculture: 2012s early spring temperatures, followed by a frost, destroyed fruit crops to the tune of $225 million worth of damage. Sea level rise: check. An unseasonably early blizzard in 2013 brought as much as 55 inches of snow over three days in some locations, leading to the deaths of 45,000 head of livestock. For per capita: Parts of a county with a population density lower than 10 people per square mile are not shaded. The year 2007 was pretty rotten for the Tarheel State: It was the driest year in its history, with a staggering drought taking hold in August, thanks at least in part to a strong high-pressure system called the Bermuda High and to La Nina. Hottest: (3-way tie) 109°F, August 6-7, 1918, in Cumberland, July 10, 1936, in Frederick and July 3, 1898, in Boettcherville, Coldest: -40°F, January 13, 1912, in Oakland. The Hawkeye State also saw its highest number of extreme precipitation events in the last ten years. Fear runs high that another massive, destructive storm will hit again—like Tropical Storm Karen, which hit in September 2019, increasing Puerto Rico’s damage burden. Don’t miss these 9 extraordinary weather events caught on camera. Increasing temperatures have led to the melting of permafrost; additionally, reports NOAA, “late summer Arctic sea ice extent and thickness has decreased substantially in the last several decades and the ice volume is approximately one half of that observed prior to satellite monitoring in 1979,” with the lowest minimum Arctic sea ice extent occurring in 2012.