2014 was the hottest year on record. That’s according to data released Friday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the Northwest, temperatures also rose above normal.
After a warm summer and winter, last year was the second hottest on record for Oregon and the fifth hottest on record for Washington.
The hottest year for both states is still 1934, when the Dust Bowl plagued the West.
Karin Bumbaco is the assistant state climatologist in Washington.