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Ten U.S. states experienced their hottest summer yet

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) most recent State of the Climate Report, released on September 8, claims that the summer of 2010 was the fourth hottest summer on record for the United States.

The NOAA has been conducting the State of the Climate Report since 1895, taking factors into account such as storm patterns, precipitation and temperature. Results are compiled at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. 

Of the lower 48 states, only seven had normal temperatures through the months of June, July and August. 10 were classified as "above normal," 29 were "much above normal," and two were "below normal."

For the summer of 2010, 10 states experienced their warmest summer ever. These states were Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Rhode Island. The Southeast had their warmest summer ever while the Northeast had their fourth warmest and the Central states had their third warmest. 

The above normal warmth occurred mostly on the eastern side of the country, setting temperature records in cities like Asheville, NC, Tallahassee, FL, Wilmington, DE, Tenton, NJ, Philadelphia and New York City. 

Precipitation trends were off as well. For the first five months of the year, the Upper Midwest received no rainfall. When the summer months hit, heavy rainfall swarmed the area. States like Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan had their wettest summer in the top 10 this year, while Wisconsin experienced their wettest yet with 6.91 inches of rainfall above average. On the other hand, the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast experienced below average levels of precipitation due to a lack of tropical weather activity and a high pressure system.

As far as weather goes, Minnesota is set to break its record of 74 tornado's from 2001 while wildfires have settled down in the Western states due to milder weather. 

The NOAA's State of the Climate Report for August can be seen here

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Jump the Gun Much?
By DougF on 9/15/2010 9:17:43 AM , Rating: 4
Last time I checked, "Summer" in the U.S. is usually defined as 21 June to 20(ish) September. Tell you what, let's let the season run it's course, THEN look at the data and compare to previous summers. It may be just the same result or it may change, but either way it will have more accuracy and look less biased.

RE: Jump the Gun Much?
By XZerg on 9/15/2010 9:42:36 AM , Rating: 2
I cannot vouch for this summer being the hottest but can definitely vouch for past winter was one of the warmest in the near past. Here in Toronto the winter gave something like 2 inches of snow the entire winter.

Maybe this is what is skewing these averages due to very early high temperatures. Although these results should not be averaged as such in the first place.

RE: Jump the Gun Much?
By bug77 on 9/15/2010 9:59:06 AM , Rating: 2
Where I live, it was the nastiest winter ever. According to the meteorologists.

RE: Jump the Gun Much?
By XZerg on 9/15/2010 10:26:09 AM , Rating: 2
I should mention that the normal amount over the course of winter is something like 100+ inches (over the entire winter, not a day or a week...).

RE: Jump the Gun Much?
By Nutzo on 9/16/2010 11:12:36 AM , Rating: 2
Out here in Southern California, we have had one of the coolest summers on record. We've been averaging about 10F degrees below normal.
It's been good for my electic bill, but not so good for swimming.

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