Year 2013 Climate Summary: Statewide Temperature and Precipitation rankings
Nebraska was cooler than normal in 2013 with a ranking of 37th coldest (out of 119 years) on record. However, when the entire map is analyzed, the 48 states region averaged above normal with a ranking of 37th warmest on record.
Nebraska averaged near normal precipitation in 2013 with a ranking of 76th wettest out of 119 years (or conversely, 44th driest). It was a year of extreme contrasts with California experiencing its driest year on record and North Dakota and Michigan experiencing their wettest years on record.. All of the southeastern states experienced their top ten wettest years on record.
The NOAA/NCDC summary of year 2013 for the states can be found below the two maps.
LINK TO THE December 2013 Statewide Temperature and Precipitation Rankings
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In 2013, the contiguous United States (CONUS) average temperature of 52.4°F was 0.3°F above the 20th century average, and tied with 1980 as the 37th
warmest year in the 119-year period of record. The 2013 annual
temperature marked the coolest year for the nation since 2009. The 2013
CONUS average temperature was 2.9°F cooler than the 2012 average
temperature, which was the warmest year on record for the nation. Since
1895, when national temperature records began, the CONUS has observed a long-term temperature increase of about 0.13°F per decade. Precipitation averaged across the CONUS in 2013 was 31.17 inches, 2.03 inches above the 20th century average. This marked the 21st wettest year on record for the nation and the wettest since 2009. Compared to 2012, which was the 18th driest year on record, the CONUS was 4.50 inches wetter in 2013. Over the 119-year period of record, precipitation across the CONUS increased at an average rate of 0.17 inch per decade.
On a statewide and seasonal level, 2013 was a year of precipitation extremes, with
temperature extremes being more muted than the previous year. Above-average
temperatures during 2013 were observed in parts of the West,
Northeast, and in Florida. No state had annual temperatures that ranked
among the ten warmest. California tied its 12th warmest year with a statewide average
temperature of 60.3°F, 1.4°F above average. Below-average annual temperatures
were observed from the Northern Plains, through the Central Plains and
Midwest, and into the Southeast. No state had annual temperatures that
ranked among the ten coolest. Despite no state
having a record warm or cool year, numerous locations across California and Florida had their warmest year on record, while numerous locations across the Plains and Mid-South had their coolest year on record. A map of those stations is available here. Based on NOAA's Residential
Energy Demand Temperature Index (REDTI), the contiguous U.S. temperature-related energy demand during 2013 was 7 percent above average and ranked as the 49th lowest in the 1895-2013 period of record. On a local level
during 2013, approximately 26,100 daily warm temperature records were
tied or broken (10,100 warm daily maximum records and 16,000 warm daily
minimum records); while approximately 28,800 daily cool temperature
records were tied or broken (16,900 cool daily maximum records and
11,900 cool daily minimum records).
Overall, much of the CONUS was wetter than average for the year, 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 ten wettest years on record. Michigan
had its wettest year on record with 40.12 inches of precipitation, 8.9
inches above average. This bested the previous record wet year of 1985
by 0.64 inch. North Dakota
also had its wettest year on record with 24.54 inches of precipitation,
7.18 inches above average. This bested the previous record wet year of
2010 by 0.29 inch. In contrast, portions of the West were dry. California
had its driest calendar year on record with 7.38 inches of
precipitation, 15.13 inches below average. This was 2.42 inches below
the previous record dry year of 1898. By the end of 2013, 27.6 percent
of California was in Severe Drought. To the north, Oregon had its fourth driest year, while Idaho had its 12th driest. Numerous locations across the Southeast, Midwest, Northern Plains, and Rockies experienced their wettest year on record, while locations in California, Idaho, and Washington had their driest. A map of those stations is available here. In term of drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor,
conditions improved across much of the southeastern and central U.S.
during 2013, but deteriorated in the Far West and Northeast. At the end
of 2013, about 31.0 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing
drought, down from 61.1 percent at the beginning of the year.