- February 2004 ranked as the
50th coldest February in the 1895 to present record, which is near
average for the nation. The preliminary nationally averaged
temperature was 34.3°F (1.3°C), which was 0.3°F
(0.2°C) below the long-term mean.
- February 2004 was wetter than
average for precipitation nationally, ranking 22nd wettest.
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from 1895-present, for February, last 3 months or other periods,
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- December 2003-February 2004
temperature was near average and ranked as the 42nd warmest such
period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally
averaged temperature for December-February was 33.7°F
(0.9°C) which was 0.7°F (0.4°C) above the long-term
- December 2003-February 2004 was near
average for precipitation, ranking 62nd driest in the last 109
- March 2003-February 2004 ranked as
the 13th warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The
preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 53.7°F
(12.1°C) which was 0.9°F (0.5°C) above the long-term
- Precipitation was above average for March-February leading to a rank of 29th wettest
for the last 12 months based on a record of 109 such periods.
Regional and Statewide:
- February 2004 temperatures ranked below average for 10 southern states and warmer than
average for 12 northern states.
- Alaska temperatures will
be available on March 12th
- February was much drier than
average for four northeastern states (ME, NH, VT, NY).
- The 3 month period,
December-February, was warmer than average for parts of the
Midwest and High Plains. Only the Southeast region averaged
significantly cooler than the long term mean.
- December-February 2004 was dry for
parts of the Southeast and wet for nine states across the
- The last 12 months were much warmer than average for 6 western states. Only two states averaged significantly
cooler than the long-term mean.
- The last 12 months were record wet for four Mid Atlantic states. Dry conditons prevailed across parts of
the Midwest and New Mexico had its 7th driest such 12 months on
See NCDC's Monthly
Extremes web-page for weather and climate records for the month
An in-depth annual review of U.S. climate in 2003 is
available at: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2003/ann