NOAA highlights also show that recorded temperatures in the U.S. for the first half of 2014 are the coldest since 1993. (To access specific data on NOAA’s website, use search function at top of page and search for June 2014 national overview.)
The exception was in California, where the statewide average of 58.0 degrees Fahrenheit is 4.8 degrees higher than the 20th century average – breaking by 1.1 degree the record warm temperature in the state set in 1934.
“Below-average temperatures were widespread east of the Rockies,” the NOAA highlights stated.
The western Great Lakes and the southern Mississippi River Valley had “much-below-average temperatures during the sixth month period (January to July).”
No state had six-month temperatures that were record cold during the first half of 2014, the highlights show.
According to NOAA, precipitation across the U.S. for the January-June period was 15.29 inches, or 0.02 inch below average. Below-average rainfall was mainly in the Southwest and Southern Plains, while the Northern tier and parts of the Southeastern U.S. had above average precipitation.
According to the latest weather data for June 2014, the contiguous U.S. had the sixth wettest and warmer than average June – 1.1 degree above the 20th century average and 0.69 inch above the 20th century precipitation average.