2013-14 winter ranks in top 10 coldest ever in Mo., Ill.

(KSDK) - The climate statistics are in from the National Weather Service and winter 2013-2014 will go down as one of the coldest on record in both Missouri and Illinois.

State wide temperature data showed Missouri finished the December 2013 to February 2014 period 4.6°F below normal, which is the tenth coldest on record, and coldest since 1979. Illinois saw its 9th coldest winter on record, also the coldest since 1979, with an average winter temperature 6.3° below normal. Climate records date back to 1895.

A series of arctic outbreaks helped to push the Midwest into record cold territory this winter. In addition to this, frequent cold and storms lead to above normal snowfall in the St. Louis metro area.

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Despite the cold and snowy winter, state-wide Missouri was below normal for winter precipitation, while Illinois had near normal winter precipitation.

Meteorological winter begins Dec. 1 and concludes on the final day of February. Spring climate statistics begin March 1.

Missouri and Illinois weren't the only states in the deep freeze. Much of the Midwest saw near record cold during the past winter.

Places such as Oklahoma, Iowa and the Great Lakes states experienced the bitter cold temperatures. Ice over on the Great Lakes reached their greatest extent since 1979. Records there date back to 1973.

Meanwhile, places like Florida, Arizona and California were much warmer than normal. California saw its warmest winter on record. Drought also intensified across parts of the Southwest this past winter. Alaska ended up with its 8th warmest winter on record.


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