According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) latest “State of the Climate” report, the United States had an exceptionally wet -- and warm -- September.
The report shows that the month was the 6th warmest September – the warmest reported since 2005. Last month ranked in the top 15 warmest in 13 states -- all west of the Mississippi River.
Nationally, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 67.3 degrees F, 2.5 degrees above the 20th century average.
Several states -- Colorado, Oregon and Washington -- each reported their wettest September on record. This September ranked among the 10 top wettest Septembers reported in seven other states from New Mexico to North Dakota.
As a country, September was the 12th wettest, marking the wettest September since 2004.
Despite the precipitation, however, 41.2 percent of the country was still under drought conditions as of Oct. 1. In The Midwest, September rainfall was just 25 percent to 27 percent of normal for a large part of the Midwest, including Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. Each of these states remains under some level of drought as-of Oct. 22.