NOAA released their latest climate report yesterday, and it shows some surprising, and maybe not so surprising, data about the first six months of 2014.The average temperature for the first six months of the year was 47.6, which was 0.1 above the 20th century average. The above average temperature was not a surprise. What was a surprise is that this six month period is the COLDEST first six month period of any year since 1993.
We are not shocked to hear that here in Mid-Michigan, as we had a record breaking cold and snowy winter. But the spring and summer months through June 30th were also cool enough across the lower 48 to keep the June - January 2014 period the coldest in over two decades.
NOAA says the western Great Lakes and southern Mississippi River Valley had the greatest below average temperatures in the nation during this time period. Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Mississippi, and Louisiana all landed in the top 10 for the coldest January through June.
So what does this mean for the rest of the year? Well, if trends continue, we could see another very cold and snowy winter. However, El Nino may have other plans for us. As it becomes a little clearer through the next few months, we'll be sure to keep you posted on what winter 2014-2015 may bring us.
More information on NOAA's report can be found here.