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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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RE: Please
By Dr of crap on 9/15/2010 9:33:31 AM , Rating: 3
Can we PLEASE not do a believers vs non-believers thing again. It's the same old thing and ALL of you know you won't convince anyone to change their side. It's like polictics and religion, you're not going to get anything but thristy from all the yelling!

Let's just say that there are warming believers and those that don't believe, and leave at that.

But I think we can all believe that there were no reports from 1985!

RE: Please
By marvdmartian on 9/15/2010 10:33:11 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, we should stick with calling each other INFIDELS and NUTJOBS instead!! ;)

Here, let me get these out of the way for everyone:
"OMGWTFBBQ!!!!1!!11!!! It's the GLOBAL WARMINGS!!!"
"It's Obummer's fault!!"
"George W Bush is to blame!!!"

There, is everyone happy??

RE: Please
By RivuxGamma on 9/15/2010 9:41:29 PM , Rating: 2
Short answer: no.

Opinionated answer: Yes, because everyone, (there are exceptions, duh, but almost everyone), loves to be so goddamned polarized that they view the opposition as an enemy. They find it much easier to hate and blame something with a religious fervor than they do to take time and think about the issue.

Why do you think Glenn Beck is so popular? Hint: it's not because he's a snappy dresser.

RE: Please
By The Raven on 9/15/2010 11:09:21 AM , Rating: 2
But I think we can all believe that there were no reports from 1985!

1985??? Don't worry, in 2015 at the entrance to the Hilldale subdivision, I'll knock out old man Tannen with his knuckle cane, hijack the Delorean from Doc and Marty, go back to '85 and get the data we need.

See my respoonse to the OP.

How accurate these are might be another matter, but it should be useful in illustrating a trend.

RE: Please
By RivuxGamma on 9/15/2010 9:45:31 PM , Rating: 2
Great link. I went to the bottom and selected year 1900.

This was at the top of the page:
Some of the following data are preliminary and have not been quality controlled.


Just when I think I can't have less faith in huge manatees...

RE: Please
By marvdmartian on 9/16/2010 8:44:43 AM , Rating: 2
While you're back there, go to Hawaii, and see if you can get a copy of Obama's birth certificate.

Whether you can get it or not, one way or the other, we'll either shut up the birthers or the ones that whine about the birthers. ;)

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