Record Rain and Drought in the East November 17, 2005Posted by jtintle in Earth Observing System (EOS), National Climate Data Center, Earth, NASA, Space Fotos, Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM).
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The eastern United States baked under clear and sunny skies through September 2005. Land surface temperatures—the temperature the ground appears to be when you walk outside with bare feet—soared to their highest levels on record for any September, while the entire United States languished through the fourth warmest September on record, according to the National Climate Data Center. Indeed, the month was more an extension of summer than an introduction to fall. High temperatures were accompanied by unusual dryness. For Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., September 2005 was the driest September on record, and 18 percent of the nation lapsed into moderate to extreme drought.