U.S. Snow-cover extent the third-lowest on record
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Despite a moderate La Niña in the Pacific, January temperatures across the U.S. climbed to near-record levels for the month, according to the National Climatic Data Center monthly stats released today.
The average temperature, compiled from hundreds of weather stations across the country, was 5.5 degrees above the 1901-2000 average, making it the fourth-warmest January on record.
The warm readings were also reflected by the lack of snow cover across the country, reported as the third-lowest in the 46-year satellite record. Warmth — along with unusual weather events including spring-like tornadoes — were widespread across the country, as nine states reported top-ten January temperatures.
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