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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

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Iraq’s Violent Deaths Reach Nearly 2,000 in September

Posted by feww on October 1, 2014

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Nearly 2,000 civilians killed or found dead in Iraq last month

At least 1,956 civilians were killed or found dead in Iraq last month, according to Iraq Body count.

The September massacre brings the total number of civilians killed in violence so far this year to at least 12,618, according to Iraq Body Count.

The UN Mission in Baghdad said at least 1,119 people have died in violence in September, AP reported.  The figure, however, does not include massacres carried out in areas controlled by the Islamic State terrorists, for example, the western Anbar province and  parts of northern Iraq.

‘Ethnic Cleansing’ and Mass Displacement

Reports from Iraq “reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale,” said the UN Human Rights Deputy Commissioner, in August.

The terrorists that run the so-called “Islamic State,” formerly known as ISIS/ISIL, and their allied Sunni insurgents  have taken control of large parts of northern and western Iraq, committing “systematic and intentional attacks on civilians” that include targeted killings, forced conversions, slavery, sexual abuse, and the besieging of entire communities.

“Thousands of people have been killed, the majority of them civilians, and more than a million others have been forced to flee their homes,” said the report.

There is “strong evidence” that international human rights and humanitarian law is being seriously violated in areas under IS control, said the UN Human Rights Commission.

“Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Kaka’i, Sabeans and Shia communities had ‘all been targeted through particularly brutal persecution’ and that IS had ‘ruthlessly carried out what may amount to ethnic and religious cleansing,’” said the report.

“Many have been killed directly; others have been besieged and deprived of food, water or medication, said the UN Deputy Human Rights Commissioner.

“Hundreds of thousands of civilians from these communities have fled to remote and desolate locations where unconfirmed reports indicate that scores of children, elderly people and people with disabilities have been dying as a result of exhaustion and deprivation.”

Sex Slaves

At least 2,250 Yazidi women and children are being held hostage by IS terrorists. Most of the female hostages have been allotted as slaves to IS fighters, said the report.

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