HOLT, Fla., Oct. 1, 2017–Florida experienced its second-wettest year and cooler-than-average temperatures this summer in 123 years of record keeping.
However, according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Center for Environmental Information, the rest of the United States experienced above-average temperatures this summer, at 1.3 degrees above normal.
September’s heat for the Holt area was split almost evenly between above-average and below-average temperatures. There were 13 days below the average temperature with Sept. 11 only reaching a high of 66 degrees on a day that averages 91 degrees.
As for precipitation, Florida experienced its second wettest summer with rains designated as “much above average” by NOAA, while across the nation, precipitation totaled almost an inch above average, making it the 16th wettest summer on record.
For a seemingly dry September, the average rainfall for the Holt area was .15 inches, barely above the yearly average of .14 inches. However, if not for the recorded 2.75 inches of rain in Sept. 3, it’s likely the average would have been lower for the month.
And while Florida had a record wet summer, that can’t compare to rain totals in Texas and Louisiana, primarily due to Hurricane Harvey. Harvey dumped at least 20 inches of rain in Texas and Louisiana in late August. Some Texas locations saw 40-plus inches, setting a record wet month for the state.
So far, from January through August, this has been the third warmest year on record, according to NOAA. All the lower 48 states and Alaska saw above-average temperatures during the eight-month period.
Record heat, fires, floods, tropical storms, record-setting hurricanes and even an eclipse helped make this summer one for the books.