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10/18/2007

Record September Temperatures Extend Southeast Drought

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Temperatures in September 2007 were hot enough to BREAK 1,000 DAILY HIGH RECORDS across the United States, the eighth warmest September on record. The heat extended the worsening drought to almost half of the contiguous United States - with the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Tennessee Valley experiencing the driest conditions. Thirty-eight of the 48 contiguous states were warmer than average, and no state was cooler than average for the month. The global surface temperature was the fifth warmest on record for September, and the extent of Arctic Sea ice reached its lowest amount in September since satellite measurements began in 1979, shattering the previous record low set in 2005.
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