NOAA: U.S. Has 39th Warmest August, 22nd Warmest Summer on Record
Global summer temperature was ninth warmest, tenth warmest August since records began
this June-August 2008 summer season was the 22nd warmest on record for the contiguous United States, according to an analysis by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.
Also, last month ended as the 39th warmest August for the contiguous United States, based on records dating back to 1895.
The average summer temperature, for the contiguous United States, of 72.7 degrees F is 0.8 degree F above the 20th century average, based on preliminary data. The average August temperature was 73.2 degrees F, which is 0.4 degree above average.
The combined global average land and ocean surface temperature for summer 2008 was the ninth warmest since records began in 1880, and this August was the tenth warmest.