September continues the above normal temperature trends as the 16th consecutive month with above-average temperatures for the Lower 48.
Here are a few highlights:
- The warm and dry conditions across the Northwest were associated with another month of above-average wildfire activity. Nationally, nearly 1.1 million acres burned during September, the 3rd most on record for the month.
- According to the October 2, 2012 U.S. Drought Monitor, 64.6 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing moderate-to-exceptional drought, slightly larger than the extent of drought at the end of August.
- The January-September period was the warmest first nine months of any year on record for the contiguous United States. The national temperature of 59.8°F was 3.8°F above the 20th century average, and 1.2°F above the previous record warm January-September of 2006. During the nine-month period, 46 states had temperatures among their ten warmest, with 25 states being record warm. Only Washington had statewide temperatures near average for the period.
- For the second straight month, mean temperatures were near normal across much of the Southeast region.
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