The year 2014 was the hottest on Earth in 134 years of record-keeping. In Oregon, it was the second hottest year since records were kept beginning in 1895, according to researchers with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University.
“We had a warm summer, and now a warm winter,” said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the center. “We are looking at our future right now — warm winters and low snowpacks.”
The average statewide temperature in Oregon in 2014 was 49.5 degrees, which is 3.0 degrees above the average for the 20th century. The only hotter year on record was 1934 — when the United States suffered through the Dust Bowl. The average temperature in Oregon that year was 49.9.