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From NOAA: Sept 7, 2018

Record warmth was observed in parts of the Southwest and Northeast. Record precipitation fell in the Mid-Atlantic.


John Leslie, john.leslie@noaa.gov301-713-0214

September 6, 2018

For August, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 73.6°F, 1.5°F above the 20th century average and the 17th warmest on record. Above-average temperatures were observed in the Southwest and Northeast with near and below-average temperatures in the Plains and Southeast. During meteorological summer (June-August), the average temperature for the Lower 48 was 73.5°F, 2.1°F above average, tying with 1934 as the fourth warmest summer on record. For the year to date, the contiguous U.S. temperature was 55.7°F, 1.8°F above the 20th century average and was the 10th warmest January-August on record.


The August precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 2.99 inches, 0.37 inch above average, and tied as the 20th wettest August in the 124-year period of record. Hurricane Lane grazed the Hawaiian Islands, bringing torrential rainfall to portions of the state. Both the summer and year-to-date precipitation totals for the contiguous U.S. were slightly above average but masked regional extremes.


This monthly summary from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia and the public to support informed decision-making.


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