National Overview - April 2006


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Maps and Graphics:


April Most Recent 3 Months Most Recent 6 Months
Most Recent 12 Months Annual Summary for 2005 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 the Climate Monitoring Products page.


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

April:

  • April temperatures were record warm for the nation with all states near or above their long-term means. For information on temperature records during the month, please go to NCDC's Extremes page.
  • Precipitation was near average for the contiguous US with dryness occurring in the South and above average precipitation in the West. For more information on drought during April, please visit the U.S. Drought page.
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.
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Monthly and Seasonal Highlights:


National:

For tables of national, regional, and statewide data from 1895-present, for April, last 3 months or other periods, please go to the Climate At A Glance page.
  • April 2006 ranked as the warmest April in the 1895 to present record, or near the long-term mean. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 56.5°F (13.6°C), which was 4.5°F (2.5°C) above the 1901-2000 (20th century) mean.
  • April 2006 had near average precipitation, nationally, ranking 45th wettest.
  • For the last 3 months temperature was much above average and ranked as the 16th warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature for February-April was 45.4°F (7.4°C) which was 2.3°F (1.3°C) above the 1901-2000 mean.
  • February-April had below average precipitation, ranking 24th driest in the last 112 years.
  • The May 2005-April 2006 temperature was much above average and ranked as the 2nd warmest such period in the 1895 to present record. The preliminary nationally averaged temperature was 54.9°F (12.7°C) which was 2.1°F (1.2°C) above the 20th century mean.
  • Precipitation was near average for May-April, ranking 52nd driest for the last 12 months based on a record of 111 such periods.

Regional and Statewide:
  • April 2006 temperatures ranked record warm for 2 states and near to much warmer than average for all other contiguous states.
  • Alaska temperature was slightly cooler than average for April at 0.3°F (0.5°C) below the long-term mean.
  • April was much drier than average for Colorado and much wetter than average for 4 western states.
  • The 3-month period, February-April, was near to much warmer than average for all contiguous US states.
  • February-April was record dry for 2 mid-Atlantic states and drier or much drier than average for all of the eastern seaboard. Two western states were much wetter than average.
  • May 2005-April 2006 was warmer or much warmer than average for much of the nation, with record warmth for 6 states and only Georgia remaining near average.
  • The last 12 months had a mixed precipitation pattern across the country. There were 9 states that were much wetter than average, including 2 record wet states, and there were 4 states across the southern US that were much drier than average.


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

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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 the Climate Monitoring Products page.

Citing This Report

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: National Overview for April 2006, published online May 2006, retrieved on December 22, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2006/4.