This winter in the contiguous U.S. was the fourth-warmest on record, with an average temperature of 36.8 degrees Fahrenheit (2.7 Celsius), the National Climatic Data Center said.
The winter was the warmest since the record-warm winter of 2000, which had an average temperature of 37.17 degrees, the center said. Meteorologists designate winter as being from Dec. 1 to Feb. 29.
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