|2023’s Midterm Report Card |
I’m not a teacher, but in early July I like to assess the nation’s weather like a midterm exam.
Halfway through 2023, you can see in the map above, much of the U.S. has been warmer than average.
According to data compiled by the Southeast Regional Climate Center, 14 cities either tied or set records for their warmest first six months of any year on record. Nine of those were in Florida, including Daytona Beach, Miami and Pensacola.
But parts of California, the Great Basin and northern Rockies have been cooler than average in 2023 Casper, Wyoming, had its coolest January-June since 1975.
As far as precipitation goes, the six-month notables were more wet than dry. Marquette, Michigan, had by far its wettest first six months of any year. Denver; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Reno, Nevada, have each had among their four wettest starts to any year.
We’ll see how the rest of 2023 works out, especially since a potentially strong El Niño could exert its influence this winter.