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.