Fastest warming counties in the country are in Southeastern Oregon. Part 37 in everywhere is warming twice as fast as everywhere else.

And two of the fastest warming counties in the country are in Southeastern Oregon.

But just focusing on those two areas — Lake and Harney counties, which have seen increases of 3.8 and 3.9 degrees Farenheit, respectively, since the early 20th century — ignores the significant warming that is taking place throughout the region, said Phil Mote, dean of the graduate school at Oregon State University and a longtime researcher of how climate change is affecting the Pacific Northwest.

The problem with looking at smaller areas, Mote said, is that, with smaller sample sizes, there is a greater chance for hiccups in the data. For Harney County, a vast area of high desert, there is only one weather data collection station, at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, so the chances for anomalies there are higher than for the entire region, which is blanketed by more than 100 stations.

With the exception of two data collection stations in Idaho, “every station in the region over the period of record has warmed and nearly every one of those is statistically significant,” Mote told The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Climate change worse everywhere than everywhere else