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.