The National Weather Service reports that overall weather in the U.S. was a bit more extreme during the first half of the year. Here on the Chesapeake Bay, the Western Shore experienced slightly colder temps than normal, while the Eastern Shore stayed at a normal level.
Climate.gov says it was an usual first half of the year.
“Never before have such large areas of the country experienced such radically different temperature extremes as they have so far this year,” says Climate.gov.
The map below shows just how divergent the temperature patterns have been across the contiguous United States for January-July 2014.
The graph below shows January-July temperature extremes in a different way: the bars represent the percent of the country experiencing extremely warm or cold average maximum temperature (“daytime high”) during the first part of each year since 1910. For this analysis, an extreme means in the top or bottom 10% of the historical range of values recorded for a location.