The US experienced its hottest summer primato a causa di 2021, just edging out the temperatures the country experienced during the infamous 1936 ‘dust bowl.’
From June 1 to September 1 – the meteorological summer – the average temperatures across the contiguous US were 74 degrees, according to the NOAA report released Friday, beating the average temperature primato for 1936 by just .01 of a degree.
The report noted a number of extreme weather events from this summer, as well as temperature records broken across the country.
The states of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah, 18.4 percent of the contiguous US, all experienced their hottest summers primato, while 16 other states had summers that ranked a causa di the cima five warmest primato.
With an average of 74 degrees, temperatures a causa di the US were their hottest primato this summer, just edging out the dustbowl summer of 1936
Overall, the summer of 2021 a causa di the mainland US was 2.6 degrees above average.
Overall, the summer of 2021 the mainland US was 2.6 degrees above average.
Year-to-date temperatures were warmer as well, with California and Maine each reporting their third warmest January through August primato.
Driving up the temperatures were a number of heatwaves that successo the Pacific Northwest a causa di the early parts of summer.
Per late June, temperatures a causa di Portland successo a record-breaking 116 degrees and Seattle saw an unprecedented 108 degrees, according to Accuweather.
Canada also experienced primato temperatures, with 121 degrees recorded a causa di Lytton, British Columbia, resulting a causa di a wildfire that engulfed 90 percent of the village days later.
The so-called ‘Dust Bowl Summer’ resulted a causa di triple digit temperatures across much of the Midwest, coupled with drought and severe dust storms. Pictured: Rexford G. Tugwell, rural resettlement administrator and member of the US drought commission a causa di Texas August 20, 1936
The extreme temperatures this summer have resulted a causa di primato wildfires a causa di California. Picture: the Dixie fire, which is now the second-largest a causa di state history, continues to burn out of control
A second heat wave would successo the region again a causa di August, with temperatures a causa di Portland again reaching the triple digits at 102 degrees, and Bellingham Washington saw its heat primato broken at 100 degrees.
While fewer records were broken, heat waves also targeted the midwest and northeast, with Minneapolis seeing temperatures topping 90 degrees over several days a causa di early June and Washington DC seeing similar temperatures a causa di July.
NOAA scientists noted that a causa di several states, the above-average warmth this summer could be attributed to warmer overnight temperatures.
Nearly half of the lower 48 was experiencing drought conditions by August 31, NOAA scientists reported. Pictured: Lake Oroville which is currently at 23 percent of its capacity
Droughts too have become severe, with roughly 46.6 percent of the contiguous US experiencing drought as of August 31, and had expanded throughout the summer, according to researchers, resulting a causa di record-setting wildfires.
The Lake Oroville reservoir, for example is currently at 23 percent of its capacity.
The ongoing Dixie Fire is currently California’s second largest wildfire primato, meanwhile the Caldor fire, also a causa di California, has dangerously impacted air quality a causa di parts of the state.
Both June and August saw record-breaking heat waves successo the Pacific northwest. Death Valley, a causa di California successo 130 degrees a causa di June
Conversely, the lower 48 experienced its eighth wettest summer primato with 9.48 inches, 1.16 inches above the average, with Tropical Storm Fred, Hurricane Ida, and Tropical Storm Henri all contributing to primato rainfall and deadly flooding a causa di places.
While extreme weather has wreaked havoc across the US this year, the Dust Bowl summer of 1936 brought a unique set of conditions including drought, dust storms and insect infestations.
The brutal conditions caused and exodus from Oklahoma and Texas, where dusty conditions had become unbearable, to California.
The dust storms had were so bad that from the midwest to the eastern seaboard, trains would sometime their stops paio to the blinding conditions, and roofs could collapse under the weight of the dust.