Assessing the U.S. Climate in January 2017

January 2017 U.S. Average Temperature Departures from Average Map

During January, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 33.6°F, 3.5°F above the 20th century average. This ranked as the 18th warmest January in the 123-year period of record. The January precipitation total was 3.18 inches, 0.87 inch above the 20th century average. This was the ninth wettest January on record and wettest since 1998.

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.

For extended analysis of regional temperature and precipitation patterns, as well as extreme events, please see our full report that will be released on February 13, 2017.