"NOAA: Second warmest U.S. August ever"
- For the contiguous U.S., the average temperature for August was 75.4°F (24.1°C), which was 2.7°F (1.5°C) above the 20th century mean and the 2nd warmest August on record.
- More than 30 all-time high temperature records were tied or broken and more than 2000 new daily high temperature records were established.
- Raleigh-Durham, NC equaled its all-time high of 105°F on the August 21, and Columbia, SC had 14 days in August with temperatures over 100°F, which broke the record of 12 set in 1900. Cincinnati, OH reached 100°F five days during August, a new record for the city.
- The warmest August in the 113-year record occurred in eight eastern states (West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida) along with Utah.
- Texas had its wettest summer on record.
- This was the driest summer since records began in 1895 for North Carolina and the second driest for Tennessee.
- At the end of August, drought affected approximately 83% of the Southeast and 46% of the contiguous U.S.
Coincidence? I think not!