Assessing the U.S. Climate in July 2016

July 2016 U.S. Divisional Average Temperature Ranks Map

The July temperature for the contiguous United States was 75.3°F, or 1.6°F above the 20th century average, ranking as the 14th warmest on record. The year-to-date (January–July) temperature was 54.3°F, 3.0°F above the 20th century average, making it the third warmest on record. Alaska continued to be record warm for the first seven months of 2016.

The July precipitation total for the contiguous United States was 2.87 inches, 0.09 inch above the 20th century average, and ranked near the middle value in the 122-year period of record. Record rainfall across western Kentucky caused widespread flooding. Tropical Storm Darby swept across Hawaii in late July causing flooding, but helped to alleviate drought conditions. The year-to-date precipitation total for the contiguous United States was 18.49 inches, 0.40 inch above average, and ranked near the middle value in the 122-year period of record.

This monthly summary from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia, and the public to support informed decision making.

For extended analysis of regional temperature and precipitation patterns, as well as extreme events, please see our full report that will be released on August 11, 2016.