National Overview - February 2005


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Maps and Graphics:

February Most Recent 3 Months Most Recent 6 Months
Most Recent 12 Months Annual Summary for 2004 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: Climate Monitoring Product

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

February:

For additional details, see the Monthly Highlights section. For details and graphics on weather events across the U.S. and the globe go to NCDC's Global Hazards page, available on the 17th.
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Monthly and Seasonal Highlights:

National:

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

  • February 2005 ranked as the 14th warmest February in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 38.4°F (3.6°C), which was 3.8°F (2.1°C) above the long-term mean.
  • February 2005 had near average precipitation, nationally, ranking 55th driest.
  • December-February temperature was much above average and ranked as the 10th warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature for December-February was 35.9°F (2.2°C) which was 2.8°F (1.6°C) above the long-term mean.
  • December-February had near average precipitation, ranking 38th wettest in the last 110 years.
  • The March 2004-February 2005 temperature was much above average and ranked as the 6th warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 54.3°F (12.4°C) which was 1.5°F (0.8°C) above the long-term mean.
  • Precipitation was also much above average for March-February, ranking 3rd wettest for the last 12 months based on a record of 110 such periods.

    Regional and Statewide:

  • February 2005 temperatures ranked much above average for 5 Midwestern states. A further 37 states in the contiguous U.S. had above average temperature and no state in the lower 48 averaged below the long-term mean temperature.
  • Alaska temperatures were above average for February and winter, ranking 29th and 15th warmest respectively.
  • February was record wet for New Mexico and second wettest for Arizona. Montana had its driest February on record and a further 4 northwestern states had much below average precipitation.
  • The 3 month period, December-February, was warmer than average for much of the nation, with 10 states much warmer than average. Only 9 states were near average.
  • December-February 2005 was much wetter than average for 8 states, including New Mexico, which had its wettest winter on record. Eleven states were below the mean and 3 states were much drier than average.
  • March-February 2005 was warmer than average for almost the entire nation. Only Maine, in the contiguous U.S., was near average for temperature and no state was significantly cooler than average over the last 12 months.
  • The last 12 months were much wetter than average for much of the nation, with Pennsylvania and Ohio having their wettest March-February on record.

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

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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: Climate Monitoring Product

Citing This Report

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: National Overview for February 2005, published online March 2005, retrieved on November 22, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2005/2.