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Warmest January-September on record in U.S.

Chart of the average temperature over the Lower 48 during January-September from 1895 to present. The red line indicates the linear trend. (NOAA)

That’s even after September wasn’t usually warm. It tied September 1980 as the 23rd warmest such month on record, 1.4 degrees above average. It marked the 16th consecutive month of above average temperatures in the contiguous U.S. according to the September 2012 State of the Climate report, released by NOAA today.

Record lows, highs, rainfall and snowfall set between Oct 2 and Oct 9. ( )

But Capital Climate says, despite all of these cold weather records, the average temperature over the Lower 48 for the week ending October 6 was 0.1 degree above normal extending a streak of above normal weeks to 43 straight.

Temperatures are forecast to be above normal over the period spanning October 14-22 across much of the Lower 48. (Climate Prediction Center)
Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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