NCDC Releases April 2013 U.S. Monthly Climate Report

April 2013 U.S. Temperature Anomalies Map

Temperature in April 2013 compared to the 1981–2010 average. Credit: NOAA Climate.gov

According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during April was 49.7°F, 1.4°F below the twentieth-century average, making it the 23rd coolest April on record. Below-average temperatures dominated the central United States. For the first four months of 2013, the national temperature was near the twentieth-century average.

The April nationally averaged precipitation total of 2.90 inches was 0.47 inch above the twentieth-century average and tied with 1953 as the 19th wettest April on record. Drought improved for parts of the Plains and Southeast but worsened in the Southwest.

This monthly summary from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia, and the public to support informed decision-making.

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