September is Eighth Warmest on Record in U.S.

By: Meteorlogist Ray Hawthorne Email
By: Meteorlogist Ray Hawthorne Email

The extremes were not quite as significant in Georgia and Florida, but conditions still averaged warmer and drier than average.

Each state is ranked on a scale from 1 to 113. "1" is the coldest and "113" is the warmest in temperatures. "1" is the driest and "113" is the wettest when it comes to precipitation.

Georgia ranked 70 (or near average) in temperatures and ranked 37 (or below average) in precipitation. Meanwhile, Florida ranked 98 (or above average) in temperatures and ranked 48 (or near average) in the rainfall department.

According to NOAA:

  • The average temperature for September in the contiguous U.S. was 67.5 degrees F (19.7 degrees C), which was 2.1 degrees F (1.2 degrees C) above the 20th century mean, and made the month the eighth-warmest September since records began to be kept in 1895, based on preliminary data.
  • 38 of the 48 contiguous states were warmer than average, and no state was cooler than average for the month. The remaining 10 states were near average.
  • It was the 12th warmest September in Alaska, 2.6 degrees F (1.4degrees C) above the 1971-2000 mean for the state. Nome was completely frost free for the months of June, July, August and September.
  • In September, the drought expanded in the Southeast and parts of the mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley. Drought affected 78 percent of the Southeast, with almost one-quarter of the region affected by exceptional drought conditions, the highest stage of drought, according to the federal U.S. Drought Monitor.

    Additional information from NOAA on September's weather is available by clicking on their web site in the "More Links" section of this page.

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