NOAA tracked dozens of individual temperature and precipitation records in 2019. Most of the temperature records occurred in the eastern and southeastern U.S., with the Midwest and Plains absorbing the bulk of last year’s precipitation records.
Five states had the wettest year on record in 2019, with all of the Midwest and Plains sloshing through much higher-than-average precipitation tallies.
Dialing into county-level data shows a more nuanced look at where record precipitation landed last year.
The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions saw much warmer-than-normal weather last year, but parts of the Midwest and Plains were relatively mild in 2019.
A county-level look at temperature ranks last year shows the biggest pocket of cooler-than-average weather in the U.S. last year was centered around South Dakota.
Here’s a summary of notable climate anomalies that happened last year.
All told, the U.S. suffered through 14 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2019, marking the fifth consecutive year at least 10 such events have happened.