NCDC Releases February 2014 U.S. Climate Report

February 2014 U.S. Divisional Ranks Temperature Map

Regional extremes spanned the United States during the winter season (December 2013–February 2014), with widespread dryness, unusual cold, record warmth, and heavy snow throughout the country. The average temperature for the contiguous United States during winter was 31.3°F (see note below*), 1.0°F below the 20th century average, and the coldest winter since 2009/10. This winter was in sharp contrast to the previous two winters, and most winters of the past two decades, when temperatures were predominantly warmer than the 20th century average. The February temperature was 32.2°F, 1.6°F below average, and the 37th coldest February on record.

Despite regional heavy snow, overall total winter precipitation averaged across the contiguous United States was much below average. With a total of 5.69 inches, 1.10 inches below average, this was the ninth driest winter on record and driest since 2001/02. The February national precipitation total was 2.12 inches, ranking near the middle of the 120-year period of record.

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

Additional Information

* With this report and data release, NCDC is transitioning to an improved U.S. temperature and precipitation dataset called nClimDiv. More information on this transition and how the new temperature and precipitation values compare to values previously reported this winter can be found here: