It’s been a wild ride this summer.
The summer of ’17 has been the hottest in US history, and now we’ve seen a few months of the summer that weren’t quite so spectacularly hot.
In August, August was the hottest month in the United States on record.
That’s up from a record-breaking average of 28.3 degrees Fahrenheit (10.4 degrees Celsius) in July.
That’s still a pretty good month for the US, but it wasn’t quite as hot as August was a year ago.
That was the second-warmest August on record, behind only July of 2016, which was also the hottest August in US History.
It’s the third-warmgest August on records in US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) records dating back to 1781, and it’s the fifth-warmEST August on the record, trailing only May of 2017 and June of 2018.
The record-smashing August also had some other cool-down effects, too.
The average temperature in the contiguous US dropped 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit (-1.2 Celsius) by September, which is the third largest drop on record in a single month.
The fall was especially pronounced in the Midwest and Northeast.
The Northeast had its second-wettest August in a decade, with the average temperature dropping 1.5°F (-1°C) from September to August, compared to a 0.4°F (0.3°C%) drop from September 2016.
In a way, August’s cool-downs were good for the rest of the country, too, with temperatures dropping 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit (.8°C), 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit (−1.0°C)), and 1.3 °F (−1°F), respectively, in the rest, which has been consistent since the mid-1980s.
August is also a good month to watch for summer snowstorms.
The August snowstorms that made up the historic record-shattering August have mostly been localized and will mostly be milder in their intensity, with more localized precipitation.
But there will be some big, severe snowstorms and blizzards in the coming months.
The average wintertime temperature has been near average, but the wintertime temperatures during the summer are not quite as warm as they were a year earlier.
This past weekend, it was reported that the average winter temperature across the US is now 3.1 degrees F (2.7°C).
This summer is the warmest year on record for the Midwest, with average temperatures across the region rising 0.3ºF (−0.6ºC) above normal for the entire summer.
That makes August and September the warmst summer on record by a wide margin, but still a far cry from the record-setting temperatures of July of ’16.
We’re in the midst of another scorching summer.
For the rest.