Monday, September 10, 2012

August 2012 Statewide Temperature Rankings


NOAA: Contiguous U.S. experiences third hottest summer on record
Warm and dry conditions continue in August with Isaac bringing heavy rain to Gulf Coast and some drought relief to the Midwest
 
            According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during August was 74.4°F, 1.6°F above the long-term average, marking the 16th warmest August on record. The warmer-than-average August, in combination with the hottest July and a warmer-than-average June, contributed to the third hottest summer on record since record keeping began in 1895.
 
The statewide temperature average for Nebraska was near normal with a strong contrast across the U.S> from much above normal (Nevada warmest on record) to below normal from Indiana down to and along the Gulf Coast.
 
  • Climate Highlights — August 2012 (from NOAA/NCDC)
  • The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during August was 74.4°F, 1.6°F above the 20th century average, marking the 16th warmest August in a period of record that dates back to 1895.
  • Higher-than-average temperatures occurred across much of the West, where Nevada tied August 1934 as its warmest August on record, with a statewide temperature 4.0°F above average. Six additional states across the region had August temperatures ranking among their ten warmest. Much of the Northeast was also warmer than average, where five states from Maine to Delaware had monthly temperatures among the ten warmest.
  • Much of the Central U.S. had near to below average August temperatures, with lower-than-average temperatures across the Ohio Valley and the Southeast.
  • Record breaking temperatures affected several parts of the country during August. There were over 4,200 daily warm temperature records broken or tied during August, and just over 2,000 daily cool temperature records broken or tied. Oklahoma City's Will Rogers International Airport broke and tied its all-time hot temperature record on three consecutive days, August 1st through 3rd. The temperature reached 112°F on August 1st and 2nd surpassing the previous record of 110° set in August 2011. The temperature reached 113°F on August 3rd.
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