January was colder than normal for the United States and, in a finding that will surprise many, also drier than usual.
WASHINGTON (AP) - January was colder than normal for the United States and, in a finding that will surprise many, also drier than usual.
The average temperature for the month, across the country, was 30 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 Celsius), which is 0.8 degrees Fahrenheit (0.4 C) colder than usual for the month, the National Climatic Data Center reported Tuesday.
And, despite several large winter storms, it was also the ninth driest January on record going back to 1895, the center reported.
Rain and snowfall across the country averaged 1.48 inches (38 millimeters) for the month, 0.74 inch (19 mm) below normal.
The analysis focuses only on the United States, with worldwide data scheduled to be released later.
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