2014 Climate Summary

2014 was a year highlighted by 1 thing: ridge in the west and trough in the east.  This lead to very cool conditions in the east and record warmth in the west.  California, Nevada, and Arizona experienced their warmest years since records began for the National Climate Data Center in 1895.  Nearly the rest of the west experienced their top 5 warmest year on record.  But the east couldn't buy a warm day.  Yes there were a few here and there, but it was tough to find with a brutally cold winter and spring, mild summer, and chilly fall, it wasn't a year for shorts.  The Mississippi River Valley received the brunt of the cold with 6 states climbing to the top 10 coldest on record.  Not to mention, the Midwest region from Missouri through Ohio and West Virginia also experienced their top 10 coldest.  As a whole, Minnesota ended up 22nd on the list, but mostly because of overnight lows with afternoon highs nearly ranking in the top 10.  It was also wet across the state coming in well above average and one of the wettest for parts of east central Minnesota and much of Wisconsin.  In fact, the Badger state experienced its sixth wettest year since 1895.  Michigan was equally as wet which is the main reason for the drastic rise in the Great Lakes water levels over the last 18 months.  Below is a visual look back at the climate of 2014…







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