Global Precips Analysis – Annual 2013

Annual precipitation near average

January???December 2013 Land-Only Precipitation Percentiles
January???December 2013 Land-Only Precipitation
Percentiles (Image Courtesy?? NCDC)

NCDC — For the second consecutive year, annual precipitation was near average on balance for land-based rain gauges around the globe.

Precipitation for 2013 was just 0.31 mm (0.01 inch) above the 1961???1990 average of 1,033 mm (40.7 inches).

As indicated by the Global Precipitation Percentiles map above, central Russia, parts of central and eastern India, the north central United States, and a section of southern Canada were record wet for the year. A region of coastal western Canada was record dry, as indicated by the precipitation percentiles map in the full report*.

Also, as discussed in the NCDC report (link below), extreme precipitation and drought events occurred across the world.

*Visit the USA NCDC’s webpage at to read the rest of this report.


NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: Global Analysis for Annual 2013, published online December 2013, retrieved on January 21, 2014 from

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