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NOAA: 13th warmest August for the contiguous U.S. and second warmest summer for Alaska

The latest national climate summary for the US came out today. It shows that for the contiguous US it was the 13th warmest on record, but Alaska had its second warmest summer ever (it was beautiful when I visited in June, but the whole summer there has been much above normal in temperature and plagued by drought). In the Southeast, we have been warmer than normal for August, summer, and year to date, but precipitation has been close to normal except for the year to date, when the dryness we have experienced this year really shows up. You can read the summary and find links to more maps at