Climate: Autumn 2015 was record warm across U.S.

Eastern U.S. saw near-record November temps

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Cooler than average readings across the West, for a change, while the Eastern U.S. was warm in November 2015.
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Autumn warmth continued into early December, with record warm temps early in the month.

The entire United States, including Alaska, experience above average warmth during the autumn of 2015 (September – November), with 41 states reporting temperatures that were much warmer than average, according to the latest monthly summary from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

The average temperature across the contiguous U.S. for the season set a new record, at 56.8 degrees Fahrenheit, surpassing the old mark set in 1963.

For November, the average temperature across the lower 48 states was 44.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 3 degrees above the 20th century average, making it the 13th warmest November on record.

The warmest readings were across the eastern half of the country, where 32 states were warmer than average, with New Jersey setting a new monthly record at 6.6 degrees Fahrenheit above average.

Cooler than average readings came from the West, where Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah all reported below average temperatures.

For the year to-date, the average U.S. temperature is the fifth-warmest on record, 2.1 degrees above the 20th century average — the warmest year since 2012. According to NOAA, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Washington all have recorded record warmth for the year to day.

 

2015 is also shaping up as a wet year, with average precipitation across the country at 2.89 inches above average, making it the ninth-wettest year to date on record. Nine states were much wetter than average, including Oklahoma, which has tallied 48 inches of precipitation, beating the old record by more than 10 inches.

 

 

 

 

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