• The average winter temperature in the United States was 0.7 F below the 20th century average. Much of the lower than normal temperatures were confined to the regions east of the Rockies.
  • The majority of states, especially those east of the Rockies, were cooler than average during the winter. Maine and Nevada were the only two states with an average temperature that was above normal, while Georgia (3.9 F below normal) and Florida (3.7 F below normal) were much cooler than average.
  • Persistent dryness defined winter, especially in the South and Southeast climate regions where it was the third and ninth driest on record, respectively. The active weather pattern resulted in the eighth wettest winter season on record for the West North Central Climate Region.
  • A persistent high-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico prevented moisture-laden systems from entering the southern regions. This resulted in several states having a winter period among their driest 10 percent on record. It was the third driest for Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina.
  • Relentless precipitation in South Dakota and Montana resulted in their fourth and ninth wettest winter, respectively. It was the 11th wettest winter for North Dakota.

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 latereports are received several weeks after the end of the month and as increased scientific methods improve NCDC’s processing algorithms.

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