U.S. Temperature and Precipitation Near-Normal in February

March 8, 2011

February 2011 was near normal for both temperature and precipitation averaged across the contiguous United States, according to the latest NOAA State of the Climate report issued today. The February average temperature was 34.0 F, which is 0.7 F below the long-term (1901–2000) average. Last month’s average precipitation was 1.81 inches, 0.21 inch below the same average. February marked the end of the meteorological winter (December–February), which featured below normal temperature and precipitation for the three-month period.

This monthly analysis, based on records dating back to 1895, is prepared by scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., and is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides.

February (2011) temperature "statewide ranks" map.

February temperature "statewide ranks" maps are available at the NCDC site.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

U.S. Climate Highlights – February

February (2011) precipitation "statewide ranks" map.

February precipitation "statewide ranks" maps are available at the NCDC site.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

U.S. Climate Highlights – Winter (DecemberFebruary)

NCDC’s State of the Climate 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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