This summer has been hotter than the Dust Bowl, according to NOAA

The June to August period of this year was the hottest on record in the United States, even surpassing the Dust Bowl summer of 1936, the...

The June to August period of this year was the hottest on record in the United States, even surpassing the Dust Bowl summer of 1936, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

The average temperature this summer in the contiguous United States was 74 degrees, less than a hundredth of a degree surpassing the record set in the summer of 1936, when scorching heat resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans and ill catastrophic harvests.

Five states – California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah – reported their hottest summers on record, NOAA reported, while 16 other states reported “one of the five hottest summers on record,” the agency said.

The average temperature in the United States until August of this year was 55.6 degrees, according to NOAA, 1.8 degrees above the 20th century average and the 13th warmest to date for this period of the year.

As of Thursday, many areas of the west remained under excessive heat warning, including parts of southern Nevada, Death Valley, Colorado River Valley and eastern San Bernardino County, in California, the National Weather Service said. Temperatures are expected to range from 105 degrees in Las Vegas to nearly 120 degrees in Death Valley.

Although the association of a single heat wave with climate change requires careful attribution analysis, heat waves around the world are becoming more frequent, more durable and more dangerous. 2018 National Climate Assessment, a major scientific report published by 13 federal agencies, note that the number of hot days is increasing and the frequency of heat waves in the United States has increased from an average of two per year in the 1960s to six per year in the 2010s. In addition, the heat wave season has stretched 45 days longer than it was in the 1960s, according to the report.

It’s all part of a general warming trend: seven hottest years in the history of accurate record keeping around the world, it is the last seven years, and 19 of the 20 hottest years have occurred since 2000; worldwide, June 2019 was the hottest on record and June 2020 basically tied it.

NOAA included details of this summer’s record temperatures in its monthly climate report, which it released towards the end of a summer of extreme weather events in the United States.

Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on August 29 with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, making 2021 the second year in a row that a Category 4 hurricane has struck the state, NOAA said.

Three days later, Ida’s remains tore the northeast, causing fatal flash floods that were responsible for dozens of deaths. Ida followed soon after Tropical Storm Fred caused flash floods and triggered several tornadoes in the southeast, and after Tropical Storm Henri brought high winds and torrential rains to much of the northeast.

Water was not the only problem. Wildfires have devastated large swathes of California. The Dixie fire, which began in July, destroyed more than 927,000 acres and is now the second largest fire in state history, NOAA said. The Caldor’s fire also increased rapidly in August and threatened communities southwest of Lake Tahoe in California.

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