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January 2013 Warmer and Wetter than Average in US

January was both warmer and wetter than average for the contiguous United States this year, according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The January average this year was 32 degree F, 1.6 degrees F above the 20th century average. This temperature tied with 1958, making January 2013 the 39th warmest January on record.

In addition to being warm, January saw above average precipitation. The nationally averaged precipitation total for the month capped off at 2.36 inches, placing it 0.14 inches above the long-term average.

Wetter-than-average conditions stretched from the Southern Plains to the mid-Atlantic, according to NOAA.

Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Michigan and Virginia each placed January 2013 among their 10 wettest Januarys on record.

Most areas suffering from extreme drought, however, such as the central and southeastern United States, did not receive much relief.

States that received below-average precipitation totals included California, Connecticut and Florida.

Meanwhile, drier-than-average conditions occurred along the West Coast, the central Rockies and parts of the Northern Plains, southeast and northeast.