NOAA: U.S. December-February Temperature Near Average, Above Average for February

March 10, 2009

Temperatures for winter, December 2008 – February 2009, across the contiguous United States were near average, based on records dating back to 1895, according to a preliminary analysis by scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. For February 2009 alone, the average temperature was above the long-term average. 

Dec 2008 - Feb 2008 statewide temperature ranks.

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Winter Temperature Highlights

February Temperature Highlights

Winter Precipitation Highlights

February Precipitation Highlights

February 2009 statewide precipitation ranks.

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Other Highlights

Jan-Feb 2009 statewide precipitation ranks.

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NCDC’s preliminary reports, which assess the current state of the climate, are released soon after the end of each month. These analyses are based on preliminary data, which are subject to revision. Additional quality control is applied to the data when late reports are received several weeks after the end of the month and as increased scientific methods improve NCDC’s processing algorithms.

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