National Climate Report - May 2018
Regional Warmest Summer

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Regional Warmest Summer


The top map below shows the local warmest summers on record across the CONUS for average temperature. The five largest footprints are depicted in unique colors; the other summers are combined into an "other" category. The other maps depict the same type of analysis, for: minimum ("overnight low") temperature and maximum ("afternoon high") temperature.

Looking at the average temperature map and associated table, it is interesting to note which summers are represented. The summer of 2011 featured record warmth across the deep south, and shows up prominently. However, 2011 was just the third warmest for the CONUS. The warmest summer on record for the CONUS was 1936. Regionally, the summer of 1936 was record warm for much of the Northern Plains and parts of the Ohio Valley. Cooler than average temperatures were confined to parts of New England, Florida and Texas. The large area of warmer than average temperatures catapulted the country into the record warm category. More recently, during the summer of 2016, much of the country experience oppresive heat some of which were records, but many locations were not quite record warm, resulting in the fifth warmest summer on record.

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Warmest Average Temperature

RankingSummerExtent
1201113.9%
2193613.7%
319349.2%
419886.5%
520106.3%
map depicting local warmest TAVG summer on record

Warmest Minimum Temperature

RankingSummerExtent
1201017.5%
2193612.1%
3201110.8%
419346.7%
520156.7%
map depicting local warmest TMIN summer on record


Warmest Maximum Temperature

RankingSummerExtent
1193615.5%
2201112.8%
319888.8%
419345.9%
519615.2%
map depicting local warmest TMAX summer on record

Coldest Average Temperature

RankingSummerExtent
1191527.0%
2199312.3%
319678.0%
419277.1%
519076.8%
map depicting local warmest TAVG summer on record

Coldest Minimum Temperature

RankingSummerExtent
1191515.8%
2192710.2%
318957.0%
419766.4%
519034.3%
map depicting local warmest TMIN summer on record


Coldest Maximum Temperature

RankingSummerExtent
1191522.6%
2199315.5%
319929.6%
419076.9%
519036.7%
map depicting local warmest TMAX summer on record

Driest Average Precipitation

RankingSummerExtent
119369.1%
219195.9%
319305.5%
419245.1%
520113.5%
map depicting local warmest TMIN summer on record


Wettest Average Precipitation

RankingSummerExtent
1199310.3%
219133.4%
319843.3%
419283.0%
519152.5%
map depicting local warmest TMAX summer on record

Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: National Climate Report for May 2018, published online June 2018, retrieved on December 13, 2018 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2018/05/supplemental/page-5.

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