The winter was a cold one. NCDC updated their climate divisions and released the February and winter data Thursday.
This is what the NCEP CFSv2 based reanalysis told us for the winter.
It was a top ten coldest winter in the north central, coldest ever in spots.
Here is the CONUS trend for the last 20 years, down 2.26F (1.13F per decade). This is the trend from NCDC for the period 1995-2014. The base period is the conventional last 3 complete decades -1981-2010.
They have 9 climate regions as shown here.
They are all in a downtrend. Not all obviously statistically significant but no region had warming.
This cool down was proposed in the 2000s in this paper that eventually was published in E&E and Elsevier’s Evidence Based Climate Change in an updated form.