NOAA: Fourth Warmest U.S. Summer on Record

September 8, 2010

August 2010 statewide Temperature Ranks.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

The contiguous United States had its fourth-warmest summer (June-August) on record, according to the latest NOAA State of the Climate report issued today. The report also showed the August average temperature was 75.0 degrees F, which is 2.2 degrees F above the long-term (1901-2000) average. Last month’s average precipitation was 2.41 inches, 0.19 inch below the 1901-2000 average.

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

U.S. Temperature Highlights – Summer (June through August)

U.S. Temperature Highlights – August

U.S. Temperature Highlights - Year-to-Date (January through August)

U.S. Precipitation Highlights – Summer (June through August)

August 2010 Statewide Precipitation Ranks.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

U.S. Precipitation Highlights - August

U.S. Precipitation Highlights - Year-to-Date (January through August)

Other Highlights

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.

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