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NCDC Releases February 2013 U.S. Climate Report


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According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous United States during the winter season (December 2012–February 2013) was 34.3°F, 1.9°F above the 20th century average, marking the 20th warmest winter on record. The February temperature for the contiguous United States was 34.8°F, 0.8°F above average. 

The total winter precipitation averaged across the contiguous United States was 7.10 inches, and this was 0.63 inches above the 20th century average. February contributed 2.00 inches to this total, which was near the long-term average. During February, several winter storms impacted the Nation, improving drought conditions across the Southeast and Midwest, but lighter precipitation totals across the Central Plains and Mountain West provided little drought relief.

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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