National Overview - August 2003
NCDC added Alaska climate divisions to its nClimDiv dataset on Friday, March 6, 2015, coincident with the release of the February 2015 monthly monitoring report. For more information on this data, please visit the Alaska Climate Divisions FAQ.
Maps and Graphics:
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|Temperatures remained warm in the western half of
the country for August, with warmth also extending into parts of
the East. The West has been persistently warm for much of the
summer, while the East has seen cooler than average temperatures,
Precipitation remained above normal for much of the East in August, but dryness was present in the upper Midwest and northern Great Plains. The summer pattern has been persistently wet in the East and dry in the West, and dry especially the Northwest. For additional details, see the Monthly Highlights section.
For details and graphics on weather events across the U.S. and the globe go to NCDC's Global Hazards page.
The eastern North Pacific hurricane season had near normal activity for August after a relatively slow start to the season. Four tropical storms formed in August with two developing to reach hurricane strength. See the East Pacific Hurricane page for more details.
In the Atlantic Basin, August had near normal activity with two tropical storms and one hurricane. The Atlantic hurricane season was quite active early in 2003.See the Atlantic Hurricane page for further details.
Indices used to determine the state of ENSO suggest that the Equatorial Pacific is in a neutral ENSO phase and Sea Surface Temperatures are now near normal across the eastern equatorial Pacific. To see the latest NOAA advisory and typical impacts of a La Nina or El Nino episode for the U.S., go to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.
Monthly and Seasonal Highlights:
It should be emphasized that all of the temperature and precipitation ranks and values are based on preliminary data. The ranks will change when the final data are processed.
Citing This Report
NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: National Overview for August 2003, published online September 2003, retrieved on June 2, 2015 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/200308.