National Overview - July 2005


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Maps and Graphics:

July Most Recent 3 Months Most Recent 6 Months
Most Recent 12 Months Annual Summary for 2004 US Percent Area Very Wet/Dry/Warm/Cold

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, but will not be replaced on these pages. Graphics based on final data are available on the Climate Monitoring Products page.



For graphics covering periods other than those mentioned above or for tables of national, regional, and statewide data from 1895-present, for July, last 3 months or other periods, please go to the Climate At A Glance page
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National Overview:

JULY:
  • July temperatures were above average for the nation with much warmer-than-average conditions across much of the Southwest. For information on temperature records during the month, please go to NCDC's Extremes page.
  • Precipitation was near average for the nation with conditions wetter than average in the Southeast, and remaining generally drier than average in the High Plains and Rocky Mountains. For more information on drought during July, please visit the U.S. Drought page.
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.
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Monthly and Seasonal Highlights:

National:

For tables of national, regional, and statewide data from 1895-present, for July, last 3 months or other periods, please go to the Climate At A Glance page.

  • July 2005 ranked as the 12th warmest July in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 75.8°F (24.3°C), which was 1.5°F (0.8°C) above the long-term mean.
  • July 2005 had near average precipitation, nationally, ranking 55th driest.
  • May-July temperature was above average and ranked as the 28th warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature for May-July was 68.9°F (20.5°C) which was 0.7°F (0.4°C) above the long-term mean.
  • May-July had near average precipitation, ranking 54th driest in the last 111 years.
  • The August 2004-July 2005 temperature was much above average and ranked as the 11th warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 53.9°F (12.2°C) which was 1.1°F (0.6°C) above the long-term mean.
  • Precipitation was much above average for August-July, ranking 8th wettest for the last 12 months based on a record of 110 such periods.


Regional and Statewide:
  • July 2005 temperatures ranked much above average for 9 states including Nevada, which had its second warmest July. No state was significantly cooler than average for July 2005.
  • Alaska temperatures were above average and ranked 4th warmest on record, with an anomaly of 2.0°F(1.1°C)
  • July was wetter than average for many states in the Southeast, while states in the High Plains and Rocky Mountains were drier than average. Two states had much above average precipitation statewide, and 4 states had much less precipitation than the long-term mean.
  • The 3 month period, May-July, was warmer than average for much of the western two thirds of the nation, while the Southeast was colder than average.
  • May-July 2005 was much wetter than average for 6 states. Much of the Southern Plains and Ohio Valley areas were much drier than average.
  • August-July 2005 was warmer than average for much of the nation. No state was significantly cooler than average over the last 12 months.
  • The last 12 months were much wetter than average for much of the nation, with Nevada and Florida having their wettest August-July on record.

    See NCDC's Monthly Extremes web-page for weather and climate records for the month of July.

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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, but will not be replaced on these pages. Graphics based on final data are available on the Climate Monitoring Products page.

Citing This Report

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: National Overview for July 2005, published online August 2005, retrieved on November 26, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2005/7.