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  • Disaster declaration issued for several U.S. fisheries
    Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank today declared a commercial fishery failure for several locations in the United States. The disaster declarations makes it possible for Congress to appropriate money toward alleviating the financial hardship of fishermen affected by the fishery failures. If money is appropriated, NOAA will work closely with Congress and the governors representing the affected states to develop plans to assist coastal communities.
  • Contiguous United States experiences third hottest summer on record
    NOAA scientists also report that the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during August was 74.4°F, 1.6°F above the long-term average, marking the 16<sup>th</sup> warmest August on record. The monthly analysis is produced by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.