NOAA released their summary for the past winter on Friday (link to summary report here). Statistics for February are also available there. The report notes that:
- Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, andWashington each had their warmest winter on record. In California, the winter temperature bested the previous seasonal record that occurred just last year by 1.5°F. An additional five states, from the Rockies to West Coast, including Alaska, had one of their 10 warmest winters on record.
- Below-average winter temperatures, driven in large part by a frigid February, were observed from the Mississippi River to the East Coast. Due to a mild first half of winter, no state had winter temperatures that ranked among the 10 coldest on record.