On August 8, 2012, NCDC reported that July 2012 was the hottest month since recordkeeping began in 1895. It was 3.3 degrees (F) above the 20th-century average, which amounts to an absolute temperature of 77.6° F.
The average global temperature over land and ocean surfaces was fourth highest on record for August at 61.22°F, 1.12°F above the 20th-century average.
According to the September 11 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 64.2% of the contiguous U.S.
According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous United States during August was 74.4°F, 1.6°F above the long-term average, marking the 16th warmest August on record.
According to the new U.S. Drought Monitor report, moderate to exceptional drought covers 63.39% of the contiguous U.S.
Today, NCDC released its 2011 Annual Accomplishments Report, which highlights the Center’s key accomplishments throughout the year.
On August 21, NCDC Director Tom Karl participated in a panel discussion about climate services on the Tech Tuesday segment of the Kojo Nnamdi Show, a radio show on WAMU 88.5 in Washington, DC.
NCDC scientists and collaborators studied trends for severe convective storms, extreme precipitation, hurricanes and typhoons, and severe snowstorms and ice storms and evaluated the state of knowledge regarding our scientific understanding of the causes of the trends, or lack of trends, they found.