I missed this when it came out last month, but according to the NOAA Precipitation for the 12 month period ending February 2014 was normal.
It was .19 inches above the 1901-2000 mean.
Wasn’t there supposed to be a permanent “Climate Change” drought?
Addendum: If you split the NOAA Climate History in two (March – February), these are the averages:
1895 – 1955 = 29.45 inches
1956 – 2014 = 30.44
One last one:
1980 – 2014 = 30.75 inches
Climate Change … bringer of slightly more precipitation.
6 thoughts on “NOAA Precipitation Update as of Feb 2014 – Last 12 Months Were Normal”
Warm oceans colliding with cold continent [arctic air] should produce more rain. BUT, this will happen closer to the Oceans, not in the middle of the continent. Averages could still be the same. California is a special case due to the warm water area west of Washington State deflecting the Arctic Jet Stream North. This is causing the flooding the Oregon, Washington, and drought in California.
March February is the driest time of year for most of the continent, but in California, it’s their wet season. This year they did get a lot of rain in February-March.
March to February refers to the 12 month period ending in Feb. (Which is the last data the NOAA put out). Tomorrow they do March.
Oops, my bad! I was thinking February-March!
I’ll try and be clearer next time.
You were clear, I just glossed over the text, and looked at the graph.