Climate: U.S. cools off a bit in May

Summit County Citizens Voice

Year-to-date the fourth-warmest on record

May 2016 temperature map For the first time in a while, several states reported cooler than average temperatures in the monthly state of the climate report.

Staff Report

After a string of record and near-record warm months, the contiguous U.S. cooled off a bit in May. More than 10 states, mostly in the midsection of the country, reported a monthly temperature lower than the 20th century average, according to the latest state of the climate report from NOAA.

For the lower 48 states together, the May temperature was just 0.1 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, putting it near the middle of the 122-year record. The northern tier of states reported above average temperatures, with record warmth reported from Washington.

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