Assessing the U.S. Climate in February 2017
During February, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 41.2°F, 7.3°F above the 20th century average. This ranked as the second warmest February in the 123-year period of record. Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. was record warm in February. Only February 1954 was warmer for the nation at 41.4°F. Between December 2016 and February 2017, the average temperature across the contiguous U.S. was 35.9°F, 3.7°F above average, the sixth warmest winter on record.
The February precipitation total was 2.21 inches, 0.08 inch above the 20th century average, and ranked near the median value in the 123-year period of record. Above-average precipitation across the West offset below-average precipitation in the Midwest and along the East Coast. The winter precipitation total was 8.22 inches, 1.43 inches above average, the eighth wettest on record. This was the wettest winter since 1998 for the Lower 48.
This monthly summary is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia and the public to support informed decision-making.