National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce

NOAA: Coolest Winter Since 2001 for U.S., Globe

March 13, 2008

The average temperature across both the contiguous U.S. and the globe during climatological winter (December 2007-February 2008) was the coolest since 2001, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. In terms of winter precipitation, Pacific storms, bringing heavy precipitation to large parts of the West, produced high snowpack that will provide welcome runoff this spring.

A complete analysis is available online.

U.S. Winter Temperature Highlights

2007 Statewide temperature chart.

+ High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)

U.S. Winter Precipitation Highlights

2007 Stateeide precipitation chart.

+ High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Global Highlights

Snow-covered landscape.

+ High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)

February Temperature Highlights