The continental United States of America has just experienced the fourth-warmest summer on record according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
According to the latest NOAA State of the Climate report, the summer just passed (June to August) was the fourth warmest on record since record keeping began back in 1895. The report also showed that the average temperature for August was 75.0 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.2 degrees F above the long term (1901-2000) average.
Other highlights included:
U.S. Temperature Highlights – Summer (June through August)
- It was the fourth warmest summer on record in the United States. Three climate regions had temperatures in the top five: the Southeast (warmest), the Central (third warmest) and the Northeast (fourth warmest).
- Abnormal warmth dominated much of the east, where a record warm summer occurred in Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Nineteen other states experienced “much above normal” average temperatures.
- Several cities broke summer temperature records, including New York (Central Park); Philadelphia; Trenton, N.J.; Wilmington, Del.; Tallahassee, Fla. (tied); and Asheville, N.C.
The report was announced on the NOAA website where they listed numerous other highlights from the report, which can be accessed in its entirety here.