Vermont’s average temperatures are rising with climate change

The Green Mountain State’s average temperatures have risen more than 2 degrees compared to the last century, according to a new report based on government data. 

That puts Vermont seventh on the list of states with the highest change, according to research compiled by Filter King, an air filter subscription service. The company took temperature data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to compare averages from the 20th century against averages from the first 20 years of the 21st century. 

The average U.S. temperature increase in the last 20 years was 1.5 degrees.

“Though this may seem like a marginal increase, according to UN Climate Change, this could mean a 41% increase in area burned by wildfires, 2 months on average of drought, 3% probability of an ice free Arctic summer in any one year and 4% of mammals losing their habitat,” the news release from the company reads.

Vermont is saw the 7th highest average temperature increase among U.S. states in the last 20 years, according to research compiled by Filter King in Aug. 2021.

Among states warming the quickest, all but one were northern states. All of New England was included.

  • 1. New Jersey – 2.55°
  • 2. Alaska – 2.47°
  • 3. Delaware – 2.39°
  • 4. Rhode Island – 2.37°
  • 5. Connecticut – 2.22°
  • 6. Massachusetts – 2.17°
  • 7. Vermont – 2.09°
  • 8. New Hampshire – 2.03°
  • 9. Arizona – 2.00°
  • 10. Maine – 1.98°
Vermont had the second highest winter temperature increase in the last 20 years according to research compiled by Filter King.

When the data is separated according to season, Vermont had the second-highest winter increase at 3.20 degrees following Alaska at 4.08 degrees. Third was Maine at 3.10. The top three states all border Canada and among the top ten were all northern states.

For spring, the highest increases were spread out across the country. Vermont did not make the top ten. The three highest were Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska.

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