If you’re looking for a new proof that our planet is warming up, then here’s one from the NOAA, or, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency reported last week that Summer 2016 in the United States was officially the 5th hottest on record tied with the year 2006.
The report from scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information revealed that the average summer 2016 temperature in the country was 73.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and that was about 2.1 degrees above the average. Every state in the continental United States, including Alaska, were warmer than average this summer, the report added.
Precipitation also broke some records, with the season total of 0.60 inch above average, making it the 24th wettest on record.
Also, the month of August in America was the 17th warmest on record with an average temperature of 73.6 degrees Fahrenheit (across the Lower 48 states), or 1.5 degrees above average. They also saw that twenty-four states were much warmer than average. The precipitation total for August was 0.85 inch above average, making it the second wettest August on record.
The year to date total (or from the month of January to August) for the contiguous United States was the 3rd warmest on record with an average temperature of 56.7 degrees Fahrenheit, or 2.8 degrees above average. All Lower 48 states, plus Alaska, have seen above average temperatures during the said period.
Here are other notable climate events in America included in the NOAA report:
Northeast/Mid-Atlantic: Eight states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, had a record warm August. Connecticut and Rhode Island had their warmest summer on record.
California had its warmest summer on record, which contributed to an active wildfire season.
Alaska experienced its third warmest August, second warmest summer and was record warm for the year to date at 7.6 degrees F above average.
Louisiana: In mid-August, a storm system dropped more than 30 inches of rain on parts of the state that caused record flooding and at least 13 deaths.