Despite the massive changes brought about around the world in 2020, one factor has managed to maintain its status quo from the pre-pandemic era: global warming is still on the rise. In terms of being the hottest January-through-June period on record, 2020 is second only to 2016’s El Niño-fueled first
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is calling for a warm autumn in the United States, forecasting above average temperatures for August, September and October. In addition, an above average amount of rain is also forecast for portions of Alaska and the U.S. Southwest and South, with the Pacific Northwest seeing less precipitation than usual.
"You can see that across the entire United States, including Alaska, there is more of a chance that temperatures will be above normal," according to meteorologist Dan Collins, with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center-Operational Prediction Branch.