NCDC Releases January 2014 U.S. Climate Report
The average temperature for the contiguous United States during January was 30.3°F, or 0.1°F below the 20th century average. The warm temperatures in the West counterbalanced the cold in the East, resulting in an overall monthly temperature slightly below average. The January 2014 temperature ranked near the middle of the 120-year period of record and was the coldest January since 2011. Despite some of the coldest Arctic air outbreaks to impact the East in several years, no state had their coldest January on record.
The average January national precipitation total was 1.32 inches, 0.90 inch below the 20th century average, ranking as the fifth-driest January on record and the driest since 2003. Dry conditions dominated much of the western and southern United States, with severe-to- exceptional drought engulfing much of California and Nevada. Numerous winter storms impacted the central and eastern United States, bringing above-average snowfall but closer-to-average total precipitation.
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.