NCDC Releases April 2014 U.S. Climate Report
The average temperature for the contiguous United States during April was 51.7°F, 0.7°F above the 20th century average, ranking near the middle among all Aprils in the 120-year period of record. Much of the Lower 48 had near-average temperatures during April.
The April national precipitation total was 2.83 inches, 0.31 inch above the 20th century average, and tied as the 30th wettest April on record. Above-average precipitation stretched from the Upper Midwest, through the Ohio Valley, and into the Southeast. Below-average precipitation was observed across parts of the Southern Plains and Southwest.
This monthly summary from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, the business sector, academia, and the public to support informed decision making.
Major Climate Events NOAA Is Closely Monitoring
- Drought in the West, Central and Southern Plains, and Midwest. Long- and short-term dryness will increase wildfire risk and continue to have impacts on water resources and agriculture.
- El Niño development likely this summer or autumn. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, there is a greater than 65 percent chance of El Niño conditions developing later this year, which could have significant impacts on temperature and precipitation patterns across the U.S. More information is available from the Climate Prediction Center.