Hmmm, “the pause” seems to be stronger in the USA. Compare these two years.
In 2012, the contiguous United States (CONUS) average annual temperature of 55.3°F
In 2013, the contiguous United States (CONUS) average temperature of 52.4°F
Looks like California is in the minority, mostly due to the extended La Niña pattern:
Of course they are still on about severe weather, no room for “normal” in this scary looking graphic, apparently:
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