Climate summary for June 2011: heat, drought, and wildfires
The NCDC climate summary for June 2011 is out. Let's take a look....
• June 2011 was the globe's 7th warmest June on record
• Land temperatures were the 4th warmest on record for the month of June
• Arctic sea ice was 9.44% below the 1979-2000 average, which ranks as the second smallest June Arctic sea ice extent on record
• Temperatures in the lower stratosphere were at their coldest levels on record, which is the second month in a row of record cold in the stratosphere
June 2011 selected climate anomalies and events map from NCDC. Click for the full version.
• The average U.S. temperature was 1.4°F above normal
• 4,000 daily record high temperatures were tied or broken in the U.S., 159 of which were hottest for the month of June, and 42 were all-time high temperature records
• 63% of the Southeast was in moderate to exceptional drought by the end of June, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor
• Lubbock and Midland, Texas both experienced their hottest month of all time; the state of Texas set a new record for hottest June
• The year-to-date acreage burned is approximately 4.8 million acres, which is the most ever recorded for the period January to June, and more than twice the decadal average
U.S. Drought Monitor for the week ending in June 28, 2011. Click for a larger version.