September 23, 2022 By Vaseline

Third warmest summer on record for the Lower 48 – NOAA – Coyote Gulch

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Important points:

– That Average temperature of the contiguous United States in August it was 74.6°F, which is 2.5°F above average and ranks the eighth-warmest on the 128-year record. General temperatures were warmer than average and/or record-breaking across much of the US

– The continuous US monthly mean minimum temperature was recording warm for the second consecutive month in August. California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Idaho each was ranked as the warmest on record for August nighttime temperatures.

– The summer (June-August) meteorological average temperature for the Lower 48 was 73.9°F, 2.5°F above average, which is believed to be the third warmest summer on record.

– Rainfall in August for the contiguous US was 3.04 inches, 0.42 inches above the average, ranking in the wettest third of the historic record. precipitation was above average in parts of the Midwest, Western, southern Mississippi Valley and Plains. Rainfall was below average in parts of the central and northern plains, the northwest and parts of the northern Atlantic coast.

– The National Weather Service deemed heavy rains in southern Illinois, Death Valley National Park and Dallas, TX as 1,000-year events. While the heavy rains caused extensive flooding, some of these events helped lessen the severity of the drought in parts of the western and southern plains.

– For the first time since 1997, no storm activity was reported in the North Atlantic Basin in August.

– Wildfire season seems to be waning across Alaska but is still strong on the western and southern plains. From January 1 to August 31, 2022, more than 6 million acres of land burned in all 50 states.

– According to August 30th US Drought Monitor report, 45.5 percent of the contiguous US was affected by drought. Severe to extreme drought was widespread from the Great Basin to the Pacific Coast, across parts of the central and southern prairies and parts of New England.

Other highlights:


In August, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire were the warmest on record. In addition to this record heat, near-record temperatures were common in the west and other parts of the Northeast. California had its second-warmest August, and five other states had one of the five warmest Augusts on record.

Summer temperatures were above average in most of the contiguous United States. Texas, Massachusetts and Rhode Island ranked second, while seventeen other states in the West, South and Northeast had the 10 warmest summer seasons on record.

For the January-August period, the average continuous US temperature was 55.4°F, 1.5°F above average, and ranks in the warmest third on record. temperatures were above average from Oregon to the Gulf Coast and from the Gulf to New England. Florida Place fourth warmest and California fifth warmest on record for that period. Temperatures were below average in parts of the upper Midwest.

That Temperature in August in the state of Alaska was 50.1°F, 0.6°F above the long-term average. That was in the middle third of the state’s 98-year record. temperatures were above average in much of eastern Alaska, the Panhandle region, Kodiak Island, and parts of the Kenai Peninsula. Temperatures were below average in parts of Northwest Alaska.

That Alaska summer temperature was 52.1°F, 1.6°F above the long-term average and ranks in the warmest third of the record for the state. temperatures were above average for most of the state, with the Northwest and areas along the Arctic near average for the season.

Alaska’s January-August temperature of 31.2°F was 2.5°F above the long-term average, ranking in the warmest third of records for the state. Above average temperatures were observed across much of the state, with parts of the North Slope, West Coast and eastern interior regions experiencing near-average conditions over the eight-month period.


Record precipitation events during August contributed significantly to record wet August Mississippi as well as the third wettest August for Nevada and Louisiana. Conversely, a lack of precipitation during the month led to this Nebraska Ranked second driest during Kansas had its seventh driest August on record.

The USA summer precipitation The total was 8.18 inches, 0.14 inches below the average and in the middle third of the June-August record. precipitation was above average for the season on the West Coast, much of the Southwest, Midwest, lower Mississippi Valley and northern New England. June-August rainfall was below average on the Great Plains, southern New England, and other parts of the East Coast. Arizona ranked seventh wettest during Nebraska ranked third driest for the summer season.

The January-August rainfall total for the contiguous U.S. was 19.68 inches, 1.03 inches below average, ranking in the driest third on historical records. precipitation was above average in parts of the northern Plains, Midwest, and much of the southern Mississippi, Tennessee, and Ohio valleys. Rainfall was below average in much of the west, central and southern plains, and parts of the northeast during the January-August period. California ranked the driest during the recording Nebraska ranked fifth driest and Nevada seventh of the driest during that eight-month period.

Alaska had the 10th wettest August on 98-year record. Much of the state was wet above average, with parts of eastern Alaska and the lower Panhandle experiencing near-average conditions during the month. Homer had its wettest August and Anchorage its third wettest on record.

During the summer season, rainfall ranked in the wettest third of the record for Alaska, with above-average wet conditions observed on the north coast, west coast, and southern parts of the state, with parts of the northeastern interior being drier than average for the season.

The January-August rainfall was the 10th wettest on record for Alaska, with above-average rainfall observed in all regions except the central and northeastern interior and the Aleutian Islands.

Other Notable Events

Several notable flooding events, classified by the National Weather Service as “1,000-year” precipitation events, occurred in August:

– On August 2, 8 to 12 inches of rain drenched parts of southern Illinois in 12 hours. An area south of Newton, Illinois recorded 14 inches of rainfall during the same period.

– On August 5, Death Valley National Park received 1.70 inches of rain, an unprecedented amount for the area, causing significant flooding and damage and trapping visitors and employees. This event broke the previous 24-hour precipitation record of 1.47 inches recorded on April 15, 1988.

– On August 22, portions of Dallas, Texas, received more than 13 inches of rainfall in a 12-hour period. The governor declared a disaster for 23 Texas counties, including Dallas, after storms caused damage and devastating flash floods.

On September 1, the Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the Americas and the eighth largest in the world, recorded its lowest water level since records began in 1847.

August had no storm activity in the North Atlantic Basin, with 2022 being only the third year since 1950, along with 1961 and 1997, that there was no activity during the month.


According to 30.8 US Drought Monitor report, about 45.5 percent of the contiguous United States was in a drought, down about 5.9 percent from early August. Drought conditions expanded or intensified in parts of the Northeast, Central and Northern Plains, Northwest and Hawaii. Drought experienced or was eliminated in parts of the Southwest, southern Plains, central to lower Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, parts of Northeast, and Puerto Rico. Drought covered 93.95% of the state of Hawaii – the greatest extent ever recorded for the state.

Monthly Outlook

According to 31.08 Monthly Outlook from the Climate Prediction Center, much of the West through the Midwest and Midwest through the East Coast and Southeast Alaska have the greatest chance of receiving above normal temperatures in September, while the greatest chance of below normal temperatures is expected to be in parts of the southern plains occur. Parts of the Southwest, Gulf Coast, Southeast, and Panhandle of Alaska are projected to have the greatest likelihood of above-average rainfall, while the greatest likelihood of below-average rainfall is expected from the Northwest to the Great Lakes and into New England. drought likely to persist in much of the west, central plains and Hawaii, with some drought improvement and/or elimination likely from the southwest through the southern plains and parts of Puerto Rico. Drought development is likely in small areas of the central and northern plains, parts of the mid-Atlantic and Hawaii.

According to that Monthly Outlook issued September 1 by the National Interagency Fire Center, Hawaii and parts of the Northwest, Oklahoma and the Northeast have higher-than-average wildfire potential in September.