Comparing May 1934 to May 2017 by Division and Rank where 123 it hottest and 1 is coldest.
Every dark brown are with 123 in it was a record high in 1934
A follow up to my post The Crops Won’t Survive The Summer Heat
No lack of rain. Where is that predicted drought?
Corn and Soybean Belt – Annual Precipitation
Corn and Soybean Belt – July Maximum Temperature (Updated with Trend)
1936 was hottest. 2009 was coldest. 1936 was 15.5F hotter than 2009.
According to the NOAA, October 2016 Tmax in the USA was 117th warmest out of 122. 122 wast warmest.
1963 was warmest. 1947, 1950, 1953 and 1938 were also warmer than 2016.
(I publish Tmax instead of Tavg because I believe much of the US warming is UHI making the evenings warmer which shows up in the Tmin)