Global warming isn’t happening evenly, and some areas are much more affected than others. We wanted to find out more, so we leveraged our historical data and tracked the warming rate by US county. What we found was pretty interesting. Note the faster warming in the Desert Southwest and the overall slower pace in the East—two trends that are also consistent with greater drought (Southwest) and more precipitation (East).
We measured the trend over the 1970-2022 period. We chose 1970 as the starting point consistent with the beginning of the current warming regime documented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The chart is interactive—click to find your county!