NCDC Releases July 2014 U.S. Climate Report
The average temperature for the contiguous United States during July was 73.3°F, 0.3°F below the 20th century average with records dating to 1895. This was the coolest July for the Lower 48 states since 2009. The July national precipitation total was 2.55 inches, 0.23 inches below the 20th century average, marking the 26th driest July on record.
This monthly summary from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia, and the public to support informed decision making.
Major Climate Events NOAA is Closely Monitoring
Persisting and intensifying drought in parts of the West and Great Plains: Despite recent drought relief in the Central and Southern Plains, long-term drought conditions will continue to impact water resources and agriculture. Long-term and short-term drought conditions in the West will also increase wildfire risk. More information is available from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
El Niño still probable later this year: According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, there is a 65 percent chance, down from last month, of at least a weak El Niño developing this upcoming autumn or winter. El Niño conditions could have impacts on temperature and precipitation patterns across the United States. More information is available from the Climate Prediction Center.
North American Monsoon: In the Southwest, southerly, moist winds associated with the seasonal monsoon could increase the chances of precipitation during the remainder of the summer. Heavy precipitation can lead to localized flash flooding as well as more widespread short-term drought relief.