This year, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States has seen its hottest summer on record since the dust bowl of 1936.

In 2021, the average temperature in the contiguous United States stood at 74 degrees Fahrenheit (2.6 degrees Celsius), which is 2.6 degrees above average.

Several states including California, Nevada, Utah, Oregon and Idaho saw the hottest temperatures on record, while 16 states reported the five warmest summers on record.

Climate researchers, who maintain records from 1895, refer to summer as June, July and August, the hottest months of the year.

NOAA Weather Radio

NOAA Weather Radio is an automated 24-hour network of VHF FM weather radio stations in the United States that broadcast weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service office. (wikipedia)

NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, known informally as the NOAA Corps, is one of eight federal uniformed services of the United States, (wikipedia)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is an American scientific and regulatory agency within the United States Department of Commerce that forecasts weather, (wikipedia)

Climate of California

California’s climate varies widely from hot desert to alpine tundra, depending on latitude, elevation, and proximity to the coast. California’s coastal regions, the Sierra Nevada foothills, (wikipedia)

National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center is the division of the United States’ NOAA/National Weather Service responsible for tracking and predicting tropical weather systems between the Prime Meridian and the (wikipedia)