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NCDC Releases October 2012 U.S. Monthly Climate Report

October 2012 Temperature Anomalies Map of the Contiguous U.S.

Temperature in October 2012 compared to the 1981-2010 average. Map by NOAA team, based on U.S. Climate Division data from the National Climatic Data Center. Larger versions available.

According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during October was 53.9°F, just 0.3°F below the long-term average, ending a 16-month streak of above-average temperatures for the lower 48 that began in June 2011.

The October nationally averaged precipitation total of 2.19 inches was slightly above the long-term average. The Northwest, Midwest, and Northeast were wetter than average, while below-average precipitation was observed across the Southern Rockies and the Central and Southern Plains. As of October 30, 60.2 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing drought conditions.

The report also summarizes information regarding Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy and its impact to the northeastern United States.

NCDC’s monthly climate analysis (summary, full report) is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides government, business, and community leaders so they can make informed decisions.

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