NCDC Releases 2013 U.S. Annual Report
The average temperature for the contiguous United States during 2013 was 52.4°F, 0.3°F above the 20th century average, tying with 1980 as the 37th warmest year in the 119-year period of record, according to NOAA scientists. The year consisted of a warmer-than-average winter, summer, and autumn, and a cooler-than-average spring.
For the year, the average precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 31.17 inches, 2.03 inches above the 20th century average. This marked the 21st wettest year on record and the wettest since 2009. California was record dry, while Michigan and North Dakota were record wet; Alaska had its third wettest year.
In 2013, the U.S. experienced seven weather and climate disaster events, each with losses exceeding $1 billion in damages. These events included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood event, and the western drought / heat wave. Overall, these events killed 109 people and delivered significant economic effects.
This annual summary from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, in Asheville, NC, is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, the business sector, academia, and the public to support informed decision-making.