The meteorological summer of 2016 was oppressively hot for many across the United States. June through August tied 2006 as the 5th warmest in 122 years of record keeping.
The average summer U.S. temperature was 73.5 degrees F. That’s 2.1 degrees above average, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Every state in the continental U.S. and Alaska were warmer than average. Also, precipitation totaled 0.60 inch above average, making summer the 24th wettest on record.
The month of August was the 17th warmest on record. The average temperature across the Lower 48 was 73.6 degrees F, which is 1.5 degrees above average. Twenty-four states were much warmer than average. The precipitation total for the month was 0.85 inch above average, making this August the second wettest.
The year to date (January-August) for the contiguous U.S. ended up with an average temperature of 56.7 degrees F. Coming in at 2.8 degrees above average, it was the 3rd warmest on record. All Lower 48 states and Alaska observed above-average temperatures during this eight-month period.
Here are a few other notable warm spots from the last three months:
The photos and information included in this article are courtesy of NOAA.gov.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos