Parts of U.S. experienced hottest summer in 75 years

September 9, 2011AUSTIN – The average U.S. temperature during the summer of 2011 was 74.5 degrees, which was 2.4 degrees above the long-term (1901-2000) average. Only the Dust Bowl year of 1936, at 74.6 degrees, was warmer. Four states — Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana — had their warmest summer ever recorded, the climate center also reported. Average temperatures for the summer in Texas and Oklahoma, at 86.8 degrees and 86.5 degrees, respectively, exceeded the previous statewide average temperature record for any state during any season. Texas also suffered through its driest summer on record. The state is in the midst of its worst drought since the 1950s. More than 81% of the state is listed as experiencing extreme drought, the worst category, according to Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor. The drought monitor also reported that a third of the contiguous USA is currently in a drought. A total of 15 states in the South and East sweltered through one of their top 10 warmest summers on record.” Based on a government index using residential energy demand as an indicator of temperature, “the contiguous U.S. temperature-related energy demand was 22.3% above average during summer,” the climate center noted in an online report. “This is the largest such value during the index’s period of record, which dates to 1895.” On the flip side, two states — Oregon and Washington — had a cooler than average summer, while California had its wettest summer on record. –USA Today
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2 Responses to Parts of U.S. experienced hottest summer in 75 years

  1. Rick says:

    Did someone change the date of the fall equinox (end of summer)? Summer isn’t over until September 21st, so why are they calculating “summer” temperatures now?


  2. 2011 isn’t over yet. And I believe the trouble is only beginning. Like many of us have been saying, September will be a busy month.

    Be blessed and Maranatha


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