NOAA: Above Average Temperatures in U.S. for August, Summer; Midwest Much Drier than Average in August, South Much Wetter

September 11, 2008

This June-August 2008 summer season was the 22nd warmest on record for the contiguous United States, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Also, last month ended as the 39th warmest August for the contiguous United States, based on records dating back to 1895.

The average summer temperature of 72.7 degrees F is 0.8 degree F above the 20th century average, based on preliminary data. The average August temperature was 73.2 degrees F, which is 0.4 degree above average.

U.S. Temperature Highlights

June-August 2008 statewide Temperature Ranks.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

U.S. Precipitation Highlights

June-August 2008 statewide Precipitation Ranks.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Other Highlights

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