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2014 U.S. Temperature Tops 20th-Century Average (Again)

Posted by feww on January 10, 2015

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2014 U.S. temperature tops 20th-century average for the 18th consecutive year

Contiguous U.S. experienced its 2nd warmest December on record, according to the State of the Climate Summary Information released by NOAA National Climatic Data Center.

Highlights from the Summary Report

  • During December, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 37.1°F, 4.5°F above the 20th century average.
  • Eight weather and climate disasters exceeded $1 billion in damages each and resulted in 53 fatalities. The events included the western U.S. drought, the Michigan & Northeast flooding event, five severe storm events, and one winter storm event.
  • 2014 annual average contiguous U.S. temperature was 52.6°F, 0.5°F above the 20th century average.
  • The temperature exceeded the 20th Century average for the 18th consecutive year.
  • The average contiguous U.S. precipitation was 30.76 inches, 0.82 inch above average.

Damage from eight weather and climate disasters in U.S. exceeded $1 billion each

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In 2014, there were 8 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included a drought event, a flooding event, 5 severe storm events, and a winter storm event. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 53 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. Further cost data and figures on individual events in 2014 will be announced in mid-2015. The U.S. has sustained 178 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2014). The total cost of these 178 events exceeds $1 trillion. Source: NOAA/NCDC.

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: National Overview for December 2014, published online January 2015, retrieved on January 10, 2015 from

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U.S. Had 8th Warmest June, Wetter

Posted by feww on July 15, 2010

2010 Climate Extremes Index: Six pct above average

U.S. Had Eighth Warmest June on Record, Above-Normal Precipitation: NOAA

June 2010 average temperature of 71.4ºF for the contiguous United States was 2.2 degrees F above the century (1901-2000) average of 69.2ºF. At 3.33 inches, the average precipitation for June was 0.44 inch higher than the long-term average.

June 2010 Statewide Ranks. Source: NOAA. Click image to enlarge.

U.S. Temp Highlights

  • The Southeast, South and Central regions saw their second, fifth and seventh warmest June on record, respectively.  But the Northwest temperature average was below normal for June.
    • Delaware: Record-warm June temperatures.
    • New Jersey and North Carolina: Average temperatures of 5 to 6 degrees F above the long-term mean.
    • Seventeen other states experienced 10 warmest temperatures.
    • Oregon and Washington:  Below normal average temperatures for June.
    • Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island have experienced their warmest January-June period on record.
    • Eight other states in the Northeast and Great Lakes had a top-10 warm January-June period.
    • Florida had its seventh-coolest year-to-date on record.
  • April-June period was  much warmer than normal for 20 states, which experienced either their warmest, or second-warmest such period on record.
    • Northeast and Southeast Climate Regions.had their warmest April-June on record.
  • Significant cool conditions persisted in the West and Northwest.
    • Oregon and Idaho had below normal temperatures for April-June.
    • Northwest Climate Region’s had 9th coolest such period.

U.S. Precipitation Highlights

  • The prevailing high pressure that brought warmth to the South and Southeast also blocked many storm systems from entering the region, increasing the threat of drought. However, the active upper level pattern in the northern tier states alleviated drought conditions and produced record flooding in the High Plains.
    • Michigan: Wettest June on record,
    • Iowa: 2nd wettest
    • Nebraska and Illinois  3rd Wettest
    • Indiana:  4th
    • Wisconsin: 5th
    • Oregon 6th:
    • Ohio: 10th wettest on record.
    • Maryland and Virginia: Below average precipitation for June.
  • Widespread precipitation for April-June period
    • Iowa and Washington each had its second wettest for April-June.
    • Oregon: Fourth wettest
    • Nebraska: ninth wettest w
  • Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey saw their seventh, ninth and tenth driest such periods, respectively.

Precipitation: June 2010 Statewide Ranks. Source: NOAA. Click image to enlarge.

Other Highlights (Unedited from NOAA Website)

  • Alex, the first June hurricane in the Atlantic since 1995, made landfall just south of the U.S.-Mexico border on June 30th, affecting portions of South Texas. Alex’s sustained winds of 105 mph made it June’s most intense Atlantic hurricane since Alma in 1966.
  • NCDC’s Climate Extremes Index for the first half of 2010 was about six percent higher than the historical average. The CEI measures the occurrence of several types of climate extremes, like record or near-record warmth, dry spells, or rainy periods. The elevated 2010 value was driven by large footprints of: extreme wetness (more than three times the average footprint), warm minimum temperatures (“warm overnight lows”), and areas experiencing heavy one-day precipitation events.
  • NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center tabulated 387 preliminary tornado reports during June. If confirmed, this will be the second most active June on record, behind 1992.
  • NOAA’s Residential Energy Demand Temperature Index indicated June’s temperature-related energy demand for the contiguous U.S. was 11.9 percent above average. The unusual warmth in the highly populated South and Southeast resulted in the second highest June value in 116 years.
  • Drought coverage decreased slightly in June. The U.S. Drought Monitor reported 8.5 percent of the United States was affected by drought on June 29. Slight improvements were seen in the Northern Rockies and western Great Lakes during June, while conditions deteriorated in Louisiana.

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Earth: Wounded and Feverish

Posted by feww on July 7, 2010

103-degrees in Central Park, LaGuardia, Newark

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June 2010 could also prove be the warmest on record, by a large margin

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Record-Breaking Heat Hits NYC and NJ

Central Park hit a scorching 103 degrees, breaking a record set in 1999. Newark reached 103, a new all-time high.  Record highs were also set at Newark (103 degrees), LaGuardia (103 degress) and JFK (101 degrees) airports.

Heat Reaches Dangerous Levels in Salem County, NJ

Heatwave grips Salem County, NJ, as Temperature soars above 100 degrees

13 FDNY Injuries In Battle Against Stifling Temps

Thirteen firefighters suffered heat related injuries including dehydration and exhaustion as soaring temperatures made their work more difficult. More…

Heatwave Along East Coast kills One

“A heatwave along America’s East Coast has left one person dead and sent temperatures soaring into the triple digits, creating dangerous conditions from North Carolina to Boston.” More …

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103 degrees in Central Virginia: “Too darn hot to make hay”

The 103-degree recorded at McCormick Observatory is  “a harbinger of weather to come,” officials said.

“The last time we saw a temperature that high at McCormick was Aug. 1, 1999, when it was 105 degrees,” said Jerry Stenger, director of the University of Virginia’s climatology office. “It’s not a day to be in the roofing trade, that’s for sure. It may not reach that high, but it doesn’t look like we’ll see much relief from above-average temperatures for awhile.”

That’s bad news for farmers across the state who have been hard hit by the heat, Virginia Farm Bureau officials said.

“One more week without rainfall and we will be in an extremely critical situation. All crops have stopped growing and are in survival mode. This includes all row crops, alfalfa and grass hay,” said Jon Repair, of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Agency in Rockbridge County. More…

Large part of China gripped by soaring heat

“In Wenzhou City, in east China’s Zhejiang Province, residents are also suffering from the hot weather, with temperatures climbing up to 41 degrees Celsius (105.8ºF).” More…

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