NOAA: July Hotter and Wetter than Normal in U.S.

August 9, 2010

The July 2010 average temperature for the contiguous United States was 75.5 degrees F, or 1.3 degrees F, (17th warmest) above the 1901-2000 long-term average, according to the latest NOAA State of the Climate report. Last month’s average precipitation was 3.24 inches, or 0.48 inch above the 1901-2000 average.

Based on records dating back to 1895, this monthly analysis, prepared by scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides.

U.S. Temperature Highlights: July 2010

July 2010 statewide Temperature Ranks.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

The May-July period was the warmest on record for the Northeast

U.S. Precipitation Highlights: July

July 2010 Statewide Precipitation Ranks.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

U.S. Precipitation Highlights: May through July and Year-to-Date

NCDC’s State of the Climate reports, which assess the current state of the climate, are released soon after the end of each month. These analyses are based on preliminary data, which are subject to revision. Additional quality control is applied to the data when late reports are received several weeks after the end of the month and as increased scientific methods improve NCDC’s processing algorithms.

Scientists, researchers and leaders in government and industry use NOAA’s monthly reports to help track trends and other changes in the world's climate. This climate service has a wide range of practical uses, from helping farmers know what and when to plant, to guiding resource managers with critical decisions about water, energy and other vital assets.

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