December 2015 was warmest, wettest on record for U.S.

Climate experts say to expect more of the same in years ahead


29 states across the eastern half of the U.S. all reported record warm temperatures in December 2015.

By Bob Berwyn

2015 has ended up as the second-warmest year on record across the contiguous United States, with all 48 states recording above average temperatures for the year. Alaska also reported its second-warmest year on record, just behind 2014, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A record-warm December across the eastern half of the country helped drive the average U.S. temperature for the year to the top of the charts, with 29 states east of the Mississippi reporting record warmth for the month, according to the latest monthly climate update from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

December 2015 was also the wettest December on record — the first time in 121 years that December was both warmest and wettest, according to NOAA’s Jake Crouch. Continue reading

Climate: 4th-warmest October on record for U.S.



East-west split not as dramatic in autumn

Staff Report

FRISCO — October 2014 ended up as the fourth-warmest on record, at 3 degrees Fahrenheit above the long-term average, federal weather watchers said today in the monthly climate update from the National Climatic Data Center.

Autumn continued showing the persistent east-west split that is part of an ongoing drought pattern in the Far West. From Texas and Oklahoma to California, most states reported average October temperatures running near record levels, along with a slice of New England. Average temps reigned across the Midwest, with another belt of warmer-than-average readings in the Southeast. Continue reading

Climate: Despite cool October, 2012 still hottest ever in U.S.


Drought persists across 62 percent of the country

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — A 16-month string of above-average temperatures in the U.S. ended in October, as repeated surges of cold air dropping into the heartland kept readings below average for the first time since May 2011, at the end of a chilly La Niña winter.

The National Climatic Data Center reported this week that the average temperature across the contiguous U.S. during October was 53.9 degrees, just 0.3 degrees below the long-term average. Even with the October dip, 2012 is still on track to be the warmest year ever in the contiguous U.S. states.

At an average national temperature of 58.4 degrees, the January to October reading is still 3.4 degrees above average and 1.1 degrees warmer than the previous year–to-date record, set in 2000.

During the first 10-months of 2012, 21 states reported record warmth with an additional 25 states reporting readings among their all-time 10 warmest. Only Washington had a statewide temperature near average for the period. Continue reading

Climate: July the 4th-hottest on record for U.S.

A yin-yang pattern of temperatures across the U.S. added up to the fourth-hottest month on record. Click to visit NOAA's climate at a glance page.

South-central heat outweighs record coolness in Pacific Northwest

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. was feeling the heat in July, as the average temperature across the country soared 2.7 degrees above the long-term average. The 77-degree reading was the fourth-warmest July on record and also the fourth-warmest month ever for the U.S.

The near-record reading resulted from extremely high temperatures in the south-central part of the country, where Texas and Oklahoma both reported their warmest-ever months. Across Oklahoma, the temperature averaged a blistering 88.9 degrees, with Texas just a few degrees lower, at 87.1 degrees. The Oklahoma reading surpassed the old record by 0.8 degrees, set in July 1954, according to the July summary from the National Climatic Data CenterContinue reading


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