Taking a tour around the United States, we see some bizarre weather extremes.
Let’s begin in Florida, which just had its wettest July on record, according to NOAA. The so-called sunshine state had 12.38 inches of rainfall, 4.91 inches above average.
Heading to the opposite corner of the U.S., Oregon had its driest July on record with only 0.03 inch of rainfall accumulating, 0.41 inch below average. Neighboring Washington state had its 8th driest July.
Now let’s go due south. As dry as it was in the Pacific Northwest, it was wetter than normal in California - the 10th wettest July on record. The precipitation surplus resulted from rains in the south, thanks to an active monsoon. In northern California, it was drier than normal.
This is what the 10th-wettest July on record in Calif. looked like in terms of % of normal. Fascinating. pic.twitter.com/UiB2bAZ3P1
— Nick Wiltgen (@WxNick) August 13, 2013
Temperatures have also exhibited some strange behavior.
Accuweather reports Los Angeles has achieved its longest August stretch without hitting 80 on record. L.A. hasn’t hit 80 since July 27 and is closing in on its longest July through August streak of sub-80 days.
While they’re shivering in Hollywood, residents of Fairbanks, Alaska have baked. Fairbanks has hit at least 80 on a record 36 days this summer, and at least 85 on a record 14 days (through August 12).
Consider the average high temperature in Fairbanks in August so far has been 79 degrees compared to Los Angeles’ 78!
You won’t see that often.