NOAA: Second warmest U.S. August ever

Let’s look at some of the records for the month, according to the National Climatic Data Center, a division of NOAA:

  • 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!

3 Responses to NOAA: Second warmest U.S. August ever

  1. David says:

    Why focus only on the US? As the blog Quark Soup reported several days ago, last month tied for the warmest month in recorded history, globally:

  2. Joe says:

    He left out the U.S. part. Last month was not tied for the warmest month in recorded history, globally.
    “The combined global land and ocean surface temperature for August was the 8th warmest on record, 0.85°F/0.47°C above the 20th century mean.”

  3. As president of Jewish Vegetarians of North America, I want to point out that an essential part of efforts to control global warming is a major shift to plant-based diets. A 2006 UN FAO report indicated that animal-based agriculture emits more greenhouse gases (18 percent in CO2 equivalents) than all the cars and other forms of transportation (13.5%) and that the number of farmed animals is projected to double in the next 50 years/ If that happens, the increased greenhouse gas emissions will negate improvements from many positive changes.

    hence, a switch to plant-based diets is essential to help move our imperiled planet to a sustainable path.