Aug 29, 2014

2014 temperature extremes: U.S. runs hot and cold

United States
by
Rebecca Lindsey
,
NOAA Climate.gov
Minimum temperature ranks for January-July 2014 within the historical record (1895-2014), from record coldest (darkest blue) to record warmest (darkest red). Map adapted from analysis by National Climatic Data Center.
Minimum temperature ranks for January-July 2014 within the historical record (1895-2014), from record coldest (darkest blue) to record warmest (darkest red). Map adapted from analysis by National Climatic Data Center.

So far in 2014, much of the United States has been unusually cold. Not only that, but much of the United States has been unusually warm. But wait, you say, you can’t have it both ways! Can you? Typically, the answer to that question is no. But 2014 has not been typical. Never before have such large areas of the country experienced such radically different temperature extremes as they have so far this year