Year to-date is third-warmest, according to monthly climate report
The July temperature across the lower 48 states was 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, with month ending up ranked as the 14th warmest on record, according to NOAA’s monthly state of the climate report for the U.S.
The year-to-date is the third-warmest on record for the contiguous 48 states, and continues to track toward the warmest ever for Alaska, federal climate trackers said in the new report.
The greatest warmth was reported across the southern tier of states and along the East Coast, with a total of 18 states reporting temperatures well above average. Florida and New Mexico both reported their warmest July readings on record. New Mexico’s statewide reading for the month was 4.1 degrees Fahrenheit above average, tying 2003 for the record. Florida registered an average temperature of 84.0 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.0 degrees above average the the second warmest month on record following only July 1998.
By contrast, above-average precipitation across parts of the Northwest, Northern Plains and Midwest helped cool daytime temperatures, leading to readings that were near to below average.
Alaska’s average July reading was the warmest since 2009 and extended the above-average streak to 10 months. Parts of southern Alaska were record warm, including
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport which had a monthly average temperature of 62.7°F, the warmest month observed there since records began in 1953.
For the year to-date, every state in the country was warmer than average, with 38 states reporting well above average readings spread from the West through the Great Plains to the Midwest and the Northeast. No state was record warm for the first seven months of 2016.
More information is available at NOAA’s monthly state of the climate summary at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/summary-info/national/201607.