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December 1998-February 1999
U.S. Statewide Analyses

National Climatic Data Center, March 12, 1999

Winter 1998-99 US Temps Statewide Ranks
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Winter 1998-99 Temperature

Winter (Dec-Feb) state ranks for temperature indicate that twenty-four states ranked within the top ten warm portion of the historical distribution including the warmest winter season on record for Oklahoma and the second warmest such three-month period since 1895 for both Arkansas and Kansas. It was also the fourth warmest winter season on record for Nebraska and New Mexico. Twenty-two other states ranked within the warm third of the distribution. No state was within the cool third of the distribution.

Winter 1998-99 Precipitation

Three states had their tenth wettest or wetter Winter (Dec-Feb) season since 1895 including the fourth wettest winter season on record for Washington, the sixth wettest winter since 1895 for Montana, and the eighth wettest winter season on record for Oregon. Fifteen other states ranked within the wet third portion of the distribution. Three states ranked within the top ten dry portion of the distribution including the third driest winter on record for New Mexico, the fourth driest winter on record for South Dakota, and the fifth driest winter season on record for Arizona. Nine other states ranked within the dry third portion of the distribution for the three-month period. U.S. Statewide Precipitation Ranks, Winter, 1998-99
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It should be emphasized that all of the temperature and precipitation ranks on these maps are based on preliminary data. The ranks will change when the final data are processed.

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For further information, contact:

William Brown
NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
151 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801-5001
fax: 828-271-4328
email: william.brown@noaa.gov
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Mike Changery
NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
151 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801-5001
fax: 828-271-4328
email: mchangry@ncdc.noaa.gov

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