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Second Warmest September on Record CONUS

Posted by feww on October 12, 2015

CONUS September temperature 2.04°C above the 20th century average

The September temperature for the contiguous U.S.  (CONUS) was 20.30°C (68.5°F), or 2.04°C (3.7°F) above the 20th century average. Only September 1998 was warmer for the Lower 48. Record and near-record warmth spanned most of the country, with nine states in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southwest experiencing record warm, said NCDC. [Data collected since January 1895.]

U.S. climate highlights: September Temperature

  • Record warmth in nine states — Connecticut, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Utah, and Wisconsin.
  • Record and near-record warmth observed across most of the country.
  • Thirty states had September temperatures much above average.

U.S. climate highlights: Year-to-date (January-September) Temperature

The year-to-date CONUS average temperature was 13.8°C (56.9°F), 1.1°C (1.9°F) above the 20th century average, the eighth warmest on record.

  • Overall, 13 states, including Alaska, were much warmer than average.
  • California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington were each record warm with temperatures more than 4.0°F above the 20th century average.

Precipitation  Anomalies

Precipitation totals in California, Connecticut, and Oregon were much below average. California had its fourth driest year-to-date receiving about half its average precipitation.

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: National Overview for September 2015, published online October 2015, retrieved on October 12, 2015 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201509.

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