Winter Was the 6th Hottest on Record for U.S.


February was wetter and warmer than average.

In fact, the period from December through February was much warmer than normal across the contiguous United States, while precipitation remained above-average, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

February continued the balmy trend, with unusually warm and wet conditions across the Lower 48 states last month. Not so for Alaska: The state shivered under its coldest February in more than 20 years. Here are more highlights from NOAA’s latest monthly U.S. climate report:

Climate by the numbers:  February 2020
The average February temperature across the contiguous U.S. was 36.2 degrees F (2.4 degrees above the 20th-century average), which ranked in the warmest third of the 126-year record.

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