Deadly heatwaves and flooding part of emerging pattern of extremes
Blistering, record heat in the Southwest helped propel the lower 48 states to a new high-temperature record in June, with an average reading of 71.8 degrees Fahrenheit for the month. That included a new monthly temperature record set in Death Valley National Park, where the average temperature in June was 101.9 degrees Fahrenheit.
The warmest-ever June reading broke the record set during the Dust Bowl era, in 1933, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The year-to-date is the third-warmest on record, the monthly state of the climate summary report said.
The report also said precipitation for the month was below-average. There were record rains in West Virginia, but parts of the country were parched and drought expanded slightly during the month, reflecting a global pattern of seasonal climate extremes.
Only a few pockets of the country reported near-average temperatures, in Texas and small parts of the Upper Midwest and Northeast, while big chunks of the West were much above average. The year to-date is the third-warmest on record.
For the first half of 2016, every state was warmer than average, but no state was record-warm. Alaska was record warm for the year-to-date with a statewide temperature of 30.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 9 degrees above the 1925-2000 average and 2.5 degrees above the previous record set in 1981.