If it's June it must be warm, wet and windy

July 9, 2010 By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID , AP Science Writer

(AP) -- Warm, wet and windy! That was June, depending on where you lived in the United States.

The month was exceptionally hot in the South and East, wetter than normal across a northern tier of states and may have had the second most of any June on record, the National Climatic Data Center reported Friday.

Nationally averaged, June was warmer than normal, a pattern that has been continuing in recent years as caused by industrial and other emissions increases. June global climate data were not yet available.

But the climate center said it was the hottest June on record for New Jersey, Delaware and North Carolina, as a high pressure area directed hot, sunny over the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

It was the second hottest June on record in Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana, the agency added.

In the contiguous 48 states only Washington and Oregon were cooler than normal, and both were also wetter than unusual.

That was thanks to conditions in the Pacific Northwest which directed storms across the northern and central states, bringing wetter than normal conditions.

It was the wettest June on record for Michigan and near-record rainfall fell in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.

In addition, the federal Prediction Center said there were 387 preliminary tornado reports during June.

If confirmed, this will be the second most active June on record - behind 1992.

The center said there were 67 preliminary tornado reports in Minnesota, topping the previous record of 35 tornadoes during June 2005.

The climate and storm centers are both agencies of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Explore further: Winter forecast: Warmer West, North; cooler South

More information: http://www.noaa.gov


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2.3 / 5 (3) Jul 09, 2010
A week of high temperatures convinced some folks that Al Gore might be right!

The high temperatures are gone, it is cooler and wet today, and most folks around here suspect that Al Gore's predictions were politically motivated.

Daily variations in weather provide little or no information on the global climate.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
3 / 5 (6) Jul 09, 2010
Statistics are funny in how you can describe them in different ways to show different appearances. If you go to weather.com you can easily look up record highs, average highs, etc. for any place you like. Speaking for central South Carolina, although we had the second highest average temp for the month of June on record, that was mainly because night-time lows remained relatively warm due to more humidity than usual. However, there wasn't a single day where the daytime high got anywhere near the record daily high temperature for June. We had no record high temperatures here. Not even close to record high temperatures here in the whole month of June. Look it up if you like. Zip code 29115 on weather.com. In fact, the most recent time we have hit a new record high in June was two record high days in 2002, but 14 of our record high June temperatures are from before 1980, and several of our standing June records date back to the 1950's. I would hardly say that indicates anything alarming.
3 / 5 (2) Jul 09, 2010
and several of our standing June records date back to the 1950's. I would hardly say that indicates anything alarming.
I live in NC and well remember those hot summers in the 1950s. We have a way to go to exceed those. Agree with you on the high minimum temps skewing the averages. So far it's been a failry typical summer for NC. Only high we've set this summer was this week we hit 102 one day. A record for that day, but not unusual.
1 / 5 (2) Jul 09, 2010
Thank you, NOAA, for providing interim reports on temperatures.

NOAA's credibility is, however, weakened by mixing editorial comments into supposedly scientific reports.

E,g., "a pattern that has been continuing in recent years as greenhouse warming caused by industrial and other emissions increases".

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
1 / 5 (3) Jul 10, 2010
See President Eisenhower's warning about loss of FREEDOM in his farewell address to the nation on 17 Jan 1961:

"The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present -- and is gravely to be regarded."

"Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite."

"It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system -- ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our FREE SOCIETY."
not rated yet Jul 11, 2010
Ok, now how wet was it, and where?

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