National Climate Report - August 2016
August/Summer Temperature and Precipitation Percentile Maps

« National Climate Report - August 2016


August/Summer Temperature and Precipitation Percentile Maps


One way to depict how a month or season compares to its history is to use a ranking system. NCEI has done this for many years for the climate divisions, states, etc. The maps below depict rankings based on the 5km gridded dataset, nClimGrid. Each grid point is ranked based on the other values in its own period of record.

Ranking the grid cells provides a greater detail for the regional patterns across the CONUS and Alaska. For instance, several states were record warm in August. This record warmth is evident in both the percentile maps below and the climate division rank maps. However, the climate division rank maps reveal finer details, like the small pockets of record warmth across eastern North Carolina and small areas in California and Oregon. Similarly, some areas within New York, which was record warm as a state, were not record-warm locally.

More information on the methodology behind the rankings can be found here: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/dyk/ranking-definition

August 2016 Summer 2016
 Mean Temperature Percentiles (aug)  Mean Temperature Percentiles (aug)
 Mean Temperature Percentiles (aug)  Total Precipitation Percentiles (aug)

Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: National Climate Report for August 2016, published online September 2016, retrieved on July 21, 2019 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201608/supplemental/page-5.

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