Maps and Graphics:
|January||Most Recent 3 Months||Most Recent 6 Months|
|Annual summary for 2003||Most Recent 12 Months||US Percent Area Very Wet/Dry/Warm/Cold|
For graphics covering periods other than those mentioned above or for tables of national, regional, statewide and selected city data from 1895-present, for January, last 3 months or other periods, please go to the Climate At A Glance page
|Temperatures were near average for the nation as a
whole with much cooler than average conditions across much of the
Northeast and warmth remaining in some southern states.
The precipitation signal was mixed across the country with drier than average conditions along the Atlantic seaboard and the extreme southwestern portion of the U.S.
For additional details, see the Monthly Highlights section. For details and graphics on weather events across the U.S. and the globe go to NCDC's Global Hazards page, (available on February 17th)
Snow was heavy in parts of the Midwest, eastern seaboard and New York state in January. Extreme lake effect snows impacted areas of western New York State with some parts of Oswego County, NY recording over 130 inches of snow for the month and over 3 feet for a single 3-day event near the end of January.
Details of the 2003/2004 snow season can be found on NCDC's monthly snow summary page, available on February 17th.
Indices used to determine the state of ENSO suggest that the Equatorial Pacific was in a neutral ENSO phase and Sea Surface Temperatures were near normal across the equatorial Pacific during January. To see the latest NOAA advisory and typical impacts of a La Nina or El Nino episode for the U.S., go to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.
Monthly and Seasonal Highlights:
See NCDC's Monthly
Extremes web-page for weather and climate records for the month
It should be emphasized that all of the temperature and precipitation ranks and values are based on preliminary data. The ranks will change when the final data are processed, but will not be replaced on these pages. Graphics based on final data are available on this page: National Temperature and Precipitation Maps
Citing This Report
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Monthly National Climate Report for January 2004, published online February 2004, retrieved on September 28, 2022 from https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/access/monitoring/monthly-report/national/200401.