Temps for year-to-date still running below average
FRISCO — Despite a few cold snaps here and there, the average April temperature across the U.S. was remarkably close to normal, at .7 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, according to the latest monthly report from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.
Most of the country saw near-average readings for the month, with a narrow belt of above-normal temps along the West Coast and pocket of cold in the upper Midwest.
For the year to-date, however, the average temperature across the contiguous 48 states is .4 degrees below the 20th century average, making in the 36th-coldest January to April period on record, and the marking the coldest start to the year since 1993 — mainly due to very cold readings in the eastern U.S. Read the full report here.
According to NOAA, 13 states had January-April temperatures among their 10 coldest on record. The coldest departures from average occurred across the Midwest. No state had its coldest January-April on record.
It was a different story in Far West, where California, Arizona were record warm for the four-month period. Nevada, Oregon and Utah each had one of their five warmest January-April periods on record.
While drought conditions improved in some areas, precipitation remains below average across the Southwest and the Central and Southern Plains. Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas each had January-April precipitation totals that ranked among their 10 lowest.
Alaska reported its 12th-warmest April in the 96-year period of record, with a temperature 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1971-2000 average. This was the warmest April for Alaska since 2007. Much of the warmth was situated in western Alaska, where Nome had its fourth warmest April since local records began in 1907.
Compiled from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: National Overview for April 2014, published online May 2014, retrieved on May 14, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2014/4.