CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Last year was a wet, warm one
for much of the country.
Scientists said 2013 was the wettest year for the
continental U.S. since 2009. The average rainfall totaled 31 inches, 2 inches
above the previous century’s average.
The average temperature of 52.4 degrees also exceeded the
previous century’s average. Yet it was the coolest year since 2009, coming after
the 2012 heat record-breaker.
The number of billion-dollar weather disasters in the
continental U.S. last year totaled seven, including deadly tornadoes and
Scientists for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration compiled the information, and the agency’s National Climatic Data
Center released the annual report.
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