Blistering heat waves, extreme drought and multiple 1-in-1,000 year floods. It was a summer of extremes, and it didn’t let up. Eight U.S. states also notched their hottest August ever this year.
AccuWeather Global Weather Center – September 14, 2022 – From extreme heat to multiple 1-in-1,000-year floods, there was no shortage of records that were broken this summer. So it may come as no surprise that this past meteorological summer, which spans June 1 to Aug. 31, was ranked the third-hottest summer across the contiguous United States.
In a report recently published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average temperature this past summer for the Lower 48 was 73.9 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 2.5 degrees F above average.
This year ranks right behind the summer of the Dust Bowl, 1936, and the scorching summer of 2021, both of which had an average temperature of 74.0 degrees F, which is 2.6 F above normal.
“According to the Southeast Regional Climate Center, 15 U.S. cities experienced their warmest average temperature on record for meteorological summer,” AccuWeather Senior Weather Editor and meteorologist Jesse Ferrell said. “Another six towns tied their record for the warmest meteorological summer. This list spanned the nation and included San Antonio, Salt Lake City, and Newark, New Jersey.”
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