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U.S. records wettest winter capped by a cooler, wetter February 2019

06 March 2019

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After a steady march of snow and rain storms across the country between December 2018 and the end of February 2019, it's no surprise that the contiguous U.S. marked its wettest winter on record.

The wet weather last month also made February 2019 the second wettest February on record.  

Here are more highlights from NOAA's latest monthly U.S. climate report:

Climate by the numbers: February 2019

The average temperature during February across the contiguous U.S. was 32.0 degrees F (1.8 degrees below average), which put it among the coolest third of the 125-year record for February. However, the U.S. Southeast experienced much-above-average temperatures, with Florida having its second-hottest February on record.

The average precipitation for February was 3.22 inches (1.09 inches above average), making it the second wettest February on record.Across the U.S., 19 states had a top-10 wettest February, with Tennessee having its wettest February on record.  

Source: NOAA

Image credit: NOAA - An atmospheric river drenched California with heavy rain and mountain snow the week of February 10, 2019, triggering flash floods, mudslides and winter storm warnings in the Sierra Nevada.