It seems as if the weather just can’t make up its mind this year. We are heading straight to summer but we are still dealing with some random snow and cool winds in some parts of the country. According to The Weather Channel, however, 2020 will be a year of ‘hotter than average’ temperatures in the United States.
The Weather Channel reports that we will end May with “temperatures near average or slightly warmer from the Northeast and mid-Atlantic into the Midwest, as well as along the West Coast.” In the South and interior West, above-average temperatures will also rule the day throughout the month of May. Minnesota and northern North Dakota may see lower than average numbers at the same time.
By the time June and July roll around, things are going to warm up quickly. You will see temperatures that are possibly slightly above average in almost all areas of the country. In August, most states are going to experience higher than normal heat with some heat spikes hitting parts of the Northwest, such as eastern Washington and Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, western Wyoming, northern Utah, and northeastern Nevada.
A hotter-than-average summer is anticipated across much of the Lower 48: https://t.co/UMfVHpj02a pic.twitter.com/003UHBCJfJ
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) April 16, 2020
It really shouldn’t surprise us that we are heading into a hot summer. The warmest January in over 141 years was seen this year and through March, a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that the ocean surface temperatures were higher than they’ve been since 1880. The heat was 2.07° above Fahrenheit on average, according to Scientific American.
At the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), a climatologist named Karen Gleason spoke with The New York Times. She said that they are “virtually certain that 2020 will rank top 10 years on record.”
One analysis from NCEI even said that 2020 has a 49% chance of breaking the record for the warmest year of all time and a 98% chance that it will be in at least the top five. In other words, it’s going to be a hot one!SKM: below-content placeholder