WARMEST JANUARY-APRIL PERIOD ON RECORD FOR
ENTIRE UNITED STATES: The four
months of January through April of 2000 were the warmest such period
in the 106 years to that date for which the United States National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administartion has been keeping
climatic records. In an initial report released by NOAA on May 19,
2000, it was said that almost 70% of the United States was much
warmer than normal in the January-April period, while under 1%
of the country experienced appreciably colder temperatures in the
In fact, the temperatures in
the United States have been above normal for as much as the past
eleven months, according to the NOAA report.
For the January-April, 2000 period,
the average temperature in the United States was 44.3 degrees
Farenheit; this was 0.3 degrees Farenheit above the previous record
of exactly 44 degrees Farenheit, which was recorded in January-April, 1990.
The State of Nevada experienced its
second-warmest April in 2000. Arizona had its third-warmest
January-April weather in 2000; in New Mexico and in Utah the
temperatures were the sixth-warmest for those states for the
late-Winter, early-Spring period.
In terms of precipitation, in
April, 2000, Missouri had its driest such month ever; in the
Northeast, April of 2000 was the sixth wettest April on record in
Vermont and the seventh wettest April in New York State.
(SOURCE: Electronic press release from NOAA News Online ((Story
432)), May 19, 2000)