NOAA: Above-Normal Temperatures and Below-Normal Precipitation in April

May 7, 2010

NOAA’s State of the Climate report shows the April 2010 average temperature for the contiguous United States was 54.3 degrees F, which is 2.3 degrees F above the long-term (1901-2000) average (14th warmest April on record). April’s average precipitation was 2.18 inches, 0.25 inch below the 1901-2000 average.

Based on a 116-year record since 1895, this monthly analysis prepared by scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC, is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides.

U.S. Temperature Highlights

April 2010 statewide temperature ranks.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

U.S. Precipitation Highlights

April 2010 statewide precipitation ranks.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Other Highlights

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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