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Record winter warmth in the U.S. West

Posted by feww on March 8, 2015

Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and Washington experience warmest winter on record: NWS

California also broke the winter (December 2014-February 2015) temperature topping the previous seasonal record set just last year by 1.5°F.

An additional five states—Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming—had one of their 10 warmest winters on record.

The western U.S. was warmer than average, with eight states also recording a top 10 warm February.

In contrast, many northeastern states experienced their second coldest temperatures on record, with  temperatures plummeting to record cold in several individual cities.

Record snowfalls were widespread in the East, while record warmth engulfed much of the West, said NWS.

The winter contiguous U.S. temperature was 34.3°F, 2.1°F above the 20th century average, but the February temperature was 33.1°F, 0.7°F below the 20th century average, ranking near the median value for February in the 121-year period of record*.

The February Lower 48 precipitation total was 1.70 inches, 0.43 inch below average, and marked the 20th driest on record. The winter precipitation total was 6.12 inches, 0.67 inch below average, and the 27th driest. Despite near-normal precipitation in February, long-term drought concerns continue in the West, compounded by a lack of mountain snowpack.

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: National Overview for February 2015, published online March 2015, retrieved on March 8, 2015 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2015/2.

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