Warmest winter ever recorded in US

(UNITED STATES) - New England just had its warmest winter ever recorded, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The contiguous US also saw the warmest average temperatures ever recorded from December 2015 through February 2016.

Every state had above-average temperatures, 36 states had a top-ten warmest winter, and six states in the Northeast - Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island - each had all-time record-warm winters.

Meteorologist Jeff Masters attributed the warm weather "to the steady accumulation of heat-trapping gases in Earth’s atmosphere due to human activities".