Temps Mellow, Precipitation Varies Across U.S. in 2013

NOAA weather overview provides year-end precipitation and temperature averages; drought overview

Published on: Jan 16, 2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2013 year-end weather report was decidedly less dramatic than the review of 2012, citing fewer record high temperatures and a more favorable drought situation for most areas.

The review, released Wednesday, found that 2013's average temperature of 52.4 degrees Fahrenheit tied it with 1980 as the 37th warmest year in the 119-year period of record.

The average temperature was 2.9 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the 2012 average temperature of 55.3 degrees F, which earned 2012 the title of warmest year on record for the nation.

No state had annual temperatures that ranked among the ten warmest, even though above-average temperatures in 2013 were observed in parts of the West, Northeast, and in Florida.

NOAA weather overview provides year-end precipitation, temperature averages
NOAA weather overview provides year-end precipitation, temperature averages

Below-average annual temperatures were observed from the Northern Plains, through the Central Plains and Midwest.

Precipitation review

On a statewide and seasonal level, the review said, 2013 was a year of precipitation extremes. Overall, much of the contiguous U.S. was wetter than average, particularly east of the Rockies.

The largest precipitation departures from average were observed in the Northern Plains, the Upper Midwest, and the Southeast. In total, 10 states had annual precipitation totals that ranked among the 10 wettest years on record.