Tuesday, July 16, 2013

June 2013 Statewide Temperature Rankings

Climate Highlights — June 2013 (From NOAA/ NCDC)

Note:  There are 119 years of data (1895-2013)

June 2013 was ranked the 64th coldest June on record on the map below (or conversely, the 56th warmest).  The map color of white indicates that June 2013 was within the category of "Near Normal" for Nebraska.  However, just to our southwest note the rankings of 111/119 to 117/119 coldest or conversely the 9th to 3nd  warmest June on record.  The summary below is for all of the states for the month of JUne 2013 with data and information from NOAA/NCDC).
  • Climate Highlights — June 2013 (From NOAA/ NCDC)
  • The June average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 70.4°F, 2.0°F above the 20th century average, and ranked as the 15th warmest such month on record.
  • The western U.S. was warmer than average. California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico each had a top 10 warm June. Warmer-than-average conditions were also present for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Near-average temperatures stretched from the Northern Plains, through the Midwest, and into the Southeast.
  • Alaska was much warmer than average during June, with a statewide temperature 4.0°F above the 1971-2000 average and the third-warmest June in its 96-year period of record. A heat wave during the third week of the month brought temperatures in excess of 90°F to parts of the state, breaking daily record high temperatures at many locations.
  • During June, approximately 4,000 wildfires charred more than 1.2 million acres, mostly across the western U.S. and Alaska. The number of fires was below average, while the acreage burned was above average. The Black Forest Fire, which burned more than 14,000 acres near Colorado Springs, Colo., destroyed more than 500 homes, and, according to preliminary assessments, is the most destructive wildfire in state history, in terms of property loss. The Yarnell Hill Fire, near Prescott, Ariz., destroyed more than 8,400 acres and was responsible for 19 firefighter fatalities

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