National Overview - March 2004


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Maps and Graphics:

March Most Recent 3 Months Most Recent 6 Months
Annual summary for 2003 Most Recent 12 Months US Percent Area Very Wet/Dry/Warm/Cold

It should be emphasized that all of the temperature and precipitation ranks and values are based on preliminary data. The ranks will change when the final data are processed, but will not be replaced on these pages. Graphics based on final data are available on this page: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/maps.php

For graphics covering periods other than those mentioned above or for tables of national, regional, and statewide data from 1895-present, for March, last 3 months or other periods, please go to the Climate At A Glance page
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National Overview:

March:

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Monthly and Seasonal Highlights:

National:

  • March 2004 ranked as the 3rd warmest March in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 47.7°F (8.7°C), which was 5.2°F (2.9°C) above the long-term mean.
  • March 2004 was drier than average for precipitation nationally, ranking 15th driest.

    For tables of national, regional, and statewide data from 1895-present, for March, last 3 months or other periods, please go to the Climate At A Glance page

  • January-March temperature was also above average and ranked as the 28th warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature for January-March was 37.6°F (3.1°C) which was 1.6°F (0.9°C) above the long-term mean.
  • January-March was drier than average for precipitation, ranking 37th driest in the last 110 years.

  • April 2003-March 2004 ranked as the 8th warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 54.0°F (12.2°C) which was 1.2°F (0.7°C) above the long-term mean.
  • Precipitation was near average for April-March leading to a rank of 41st wettest for the last 12 months based on a record of 109 such periods.

    Regional and Statewide:

  • March 2004 temperatures ranked much above average for 17 states and warmer than average for all other contiguous states except Florida.
  • Alaska temperatures were below average for March with an anomaly of -1.8°F (-1.0°C)
  • March was much drier than average for ten states, including South Carolina and Georgia which had their driest March on record.
  • The 3 month period, January-March, was warmer than average for most states west of the Mississippi, while the majority of eastern states were near average.
  • January-March 2004 was dry for the east coast and parts of the West, with wetter than average conditions across much of the Great Plains.
  • The last 12 months were much warmer than average for 11 western states. Only two eastern states averaged significantly cooler than the long-term mean.
  • The last 12 months were record wet for three Mid Atlantic states. Dry conditions prevailed across parts of the West and Southwest.

    See NCDC's Monthly Extremes web-page for weather and climate records for the month of March.

    An in-depth annual review of U.S. climate in 2003 is available at: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2003/ann

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It should be emphasized that all of the temperature and precipitation ranks and values are based on preliminary data. The ranks will change when the final data are processed, but will not be replaced on these pages. Graphics based on final data are available on this page: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/maps.php

Citing This Report

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: National Overview for March 2004, published online April 2004, retrieved on October 24, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2004/3.