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Climate of 2000
December in Historical Perspective

National Climatic Data Center
12 January 2001

Weekly U.S. Temperatures for December 2000
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The four panel weekly chart above shows areas across the U.S. that were above normal (red) and below normal (blue). The composite chart shows the progression of the weekly anomalies of temperature across the country. The most notable feature is the persistence and strength of the cold anomalies in the eastern half of the U.S. Three out of four weeks were below normal across a majority of the country; this led to December 2000 as the coldest since 1989. In contrast, most of the west was near normal with the southwest averaging above normal. These weekly maps are a new NCDC product and are available shortly after the end of a current week, see the Weekly Climate Products WWW page. If you want a quick overall look at the U.S. climate shortly after the current month is over, see the U.S. Climate at a Glance WWW Page. Additional details for the U.S. and the globe for December 2000 are available in other sections of this report.
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For all climate questions other than questions concerning this report, please contact the National Climatic Data Center's Climate Services Division:

Climate Services Division
NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
151 Patton Avenue, Room 120
Asheville, NC 28801-5001
fax: 828-271-4876
phone: 828-271-4800
email: ncdc.info@noaa.gov
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For questions about this report, please contact:

Jay Lawrimore
NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
151 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801-5001
fax: 828-271-4328
email: jay.lawrimore@noaa.gov

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