NOAA: U.S. Cooler and Much Drier than Normal in January

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 8, 2011

News release: “Last month was the coolest January since 1994, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C. Across the contiguous United States, the average January temperature was 30.0 F, which is 0.8 F below the 1901-2000 average. And despite several large winter storms across the country, last month was the ninth driest January on record, much drier than normal. Average precipitation across the contiguous United States was 1.48 inches, 0.74 inch below the 1901-2000 average. This monthly analysis, based on records dating back to 1895, is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides.”

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