NOAA: U.S. Has Cool April, Global Temperature Ranked 13th Warmest on Record

May 15, 2008

This past month was the coolest April in 11 years for the lower 48 United States, and fell into the lowest twenty-five percent of all Aprils based on records going back to 1895, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C

The average April temperature, 51 degrees F, during April was one degree below the 20th century mean, and was the 29th coolest, or 86th warmest, based on preliminary data.

The combined average global land and ocean surface temperatures for April ranked 13th warmest since worldwide records began in 1880.

U.S. Temperature Highlights

April statewide temperature ranks.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

U.S. Precipitation Highlights

April statewide precipitation ranks.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Global Highlights

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 70 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.