Critical Issues: August 2016 climate update from NOAA

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August 2016 Statewide Precipitation Ranks. Image Credit: NOAA
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held their latest Monthly Climate Briefing on September 15, 2016, and we have summarized the highlights for you below:
  August 2016 is the 17th warmest (73.6°F, 1.5°F above average), 2nd wettest August (3.47", 0.85" above average) since 1895 for the contiguous U.S.
  Eight states (CT, DE, MD, MA, NJ, NY, PA, and RI) experienced their warmest August on record.
  This was Louisiana’s wettest August on the 122-year state record, exemplified by the recent heavy flooding in Louisiana.
  Alaska reached a warming milestone: 12-month average temperature was above the freezing point of water (32°F) for the first time in state history.
  No La Niña this winter; there is now a 55-60% likelihood of neutral conditions (neither El Niño nor La Niña).
  Massachusetts is experiencing its worst drought since the 1960s, with more than 50% of the state experiencing D3 (extreme drought) conditions.
Slides and audio from the telecast are now available.