October 2021 Was Sixth Warmest on Record for U.S.


West Coast slammed by a powerful, record-setting storm and heavy rains

October 2021 was an unusually balmy month for the contiguous U.S., as several states recorded their warmest October on record.

Abundant Pacific moisture also dumped excessive rainfall over the western U.S. that created hazardous flood conditions in some places but helped snuff out some wildfire activity in the West. Here are more highlights from NOAA’s latest monthly U.S. climate report:

Climate by the numbers: October 2021
The average October temperature across the contiguous U.S. was 57.0 degrees F, 2.9 degrees above the 20th-century average, making it the sixth-warmest October in 127 years.

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