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September 2016 was much hotter than normal; rain was low except from tropical systems

All of the Southeast was above normal in temperature in September, but the areas which were already dry were the hottest. According to the Southeast Climate Perspectives tool (, most stations reported temperatures in their top five all-time Septembers, and a number of those were the warmest ever, especially in the most drought-affected areas.

Precipitation in those areas was also scarce, but tropical systems Hermine at the beginning of September and Julia in mid-month helped bring rain and cooler temperatures to parts of Florida and southeast Georgia as well as parts of the Carolinas and Virginia.  Unfortunately, the outlook for October is for more warmer and drier than normal weather, which is likely to intensify drought in the driest areas.

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