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Northern Hemisphere
2014 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
3 38,413 40,130 -1,716 43/48 44,282 (1985) 37,122 (1990)
2 46,806 45,594 1,212 17/48 51,320 (1978) 42,667 (1995)
1 46,033 46,866 -832 39/48 50,275 (2008) 41,890 (1981)
 
2013 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
12 45,274 43,981 1,293 8/48 46,846 (2012) 37,441 (1980)
11 34,765 33,958 806 16/48 38,597 (1993) 28,279 (1979)
10 21,009 17,544 3,464 7/46 25,724 (1976) 12,781 (1988)
9 6,492 5,235 1,257 6/45 7,762 (1972) 3,838 (1990)
8 2,877 2,797 80 21/45 5,308 (1967) 2,089 (1968)
7 3,018 3,665 -648 37/44 8,210 (1967) 2,325 (2012)
6 6,014 9,418 -3,404 45/46 14,972 (1978) 4,922 (2012)
5 16,282 19,019 -2,737 45/47 23,093 (1974) 15,377 (2010)
4 32,590 30,215 2,374 9/47 34,606 (1979) 28,001 (1968)
3 41,677 40,130 1,548 14/47 44,282 (1985) 37,122 (1990)
2 46,998 45,594 1,404 15/48 51,320 (1978) 42,667 (1995)
1 49,215 46,866 2,350 5/48 50,275 (2008) 41,890 (1981)
 
2012 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
12 46,846 43,981 2,865 1/48 46,846 (2012) 37,441 (1980)
11 36,535 33,958 2,577 5/48 38,597 (1993) 28,279 (1979)
10 20,138 17,544 2,593 9/46 25,724 (1976) 12,781 (1988)
9 4,313 5,235 -922 38/45 7,762 (1972) 3,838 (1990)
8 2,315 2,797 -481 42/45 5,308 (1967) 2,089 (1968)
7 2,325 3,665 -1,340 44/44 8,210 (1967) 2,325 (2012)
6 4,922 9,418 -4,496 46/46 14,972 (1978) 4,922 (2012)
5 16,136 19,019 -2,883 46/47 23,093 (1974) 15,377 (2010)
4 28,268 30,215 -1,948 45/47 34,606 (1979) 28,001 (1968)
3 40,741 40,130 611 23/47 44,282 (1985) 37,122 (1990)
2 48,331 45,594 2,737 7/48 51,320 (1978) 42,667 (1995)
1 47,470 46,866 604 19/48 50,275 (2008) 41,890 (1981)

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Eurasia
2014 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
3 22,214 24,492 -2,279 45/48 27,950 (1981) 21,183 (2002)
2 28,895 28,479 417 21/48 32,285 (1978) 25,913 (2002)
1 28,662 29,322 -660 38/48 32,265 (2008) 25,823 (1981)
 
2013 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
12 27,364 27,135 229 20/48 29,699 (2002) 22,882 (1980)
11 20,002 20,474 -472 31/48 24,132 (1993) 16,796 (1979)
10 12,853 9,497 3,355 4/46 17,218 (1976) 5,578 (1988)
9 2,363 1,526 837 7/45 3,409 (1977) 540 (1984)
8 156 375 -219 37/45 1,859 (1967) 82 (1968)
7 186 765 -579 40/44 3,551 (1967) 141 (2012)
6 1,508 3,609 -2,101 44/46 7,129 (1978) 1,068 (2012)
5 7,262 9,723 -2,461 47/47 12,511 (1976) 7,262 (2013)
4 17,777 17,174 603 18/47 20,687 (1981) 15,029 (2008)
3 25,052 24,492 560 21/47 27,950 (1981) 21,183 (2002)
2 29,334 28,479 855 17/48 32,285 (1978) 25,913 (2002)
1 31,221 29,322 1,898 6/48 32,265 (2008) 25,823 (1981)
 
2012 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
12 29,510 27,135 2,375 2/48 29,699 (2002) 22,882 (1980)
11 22,510 20,474 2,036 7/48 24,132 (1993) 16,796 (1979)
10 11,362 9,497 1,864 12/46 17,218 (1976) 5,578 (1988)
9 1,075 1,526 -451 33/45 3,409 (1977) 540 (1984)
8 106 375 -269 43/45 1,859 (1967) 82 (1968)
7 141 765 -624 44/44 3,551 (1967) 141 (2012)
6 1,068 3,609 -2,541 46/46 7,129 (1978) 1,068 (2012)
5 7,547 9,723 -2,176 46/47 12,511 (1976) 7,262 (2013)
4 15,995 17,174 -1,179 41/47 20,687 (1981) 15,029 (2008)
3 26,068 24,492 1,576 10/47 27,950 (1981) 20,183 (2002)
2 31,579 28,479 3,101 3/48 32,285 (1978) 25,913 (2002)
1 30,762 29,322 1,440 9/48 32,265 (2008) 25,823 (1981)

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North America (including Greenland)
2014 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
3 16,200 15,638 562 16/48 17,293 (1969) 14,041 (1968)
2 17,911 17,115 795 9/48 19,035 (1978) 15,831 (1992)
1 17,371 17,543 -172 30/48 18,816 (1985) 16,067 (1981)
 
2013 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
12 17,910 16,846 1,064 7/48 18,273 (2009) 14,559 (1980)
11 14,762 13,485 1,278 3/48 14,873 (1985) 11,483 (1979)
10 8,156 8,047 109 20/46 9,763 (2002) 6,364 (1979)
9 4,129 3,709 421 8/45 4,736 (1972) 2,892 (1968)
8 2,721 2,422 299 11/45 3,855 (1978) 2,007 (1968)
7 2,832 2,900 -68 26/44 5,073 (1978) 2,184 (2012)
6 4,506 5,809 -1,303 44/46 7,843 (1978) 3,854 (2012)
5 9,020 9,296 -276 29/47 11,478 (1974) 7,798 (2010)
4 14,813 13,041 1,771 3/47 15,077 (1975) 11,020 (2010)
3 16,625 15,638 988 6/47 17,293 (1969) 14,041 (1968)
2 17,664 17,115 548 16/48 19,035 (1978) 15,831 (1992)
1 17,995 17,543 452 13/48 18,816 (1985) 16,067 (1981)
 
2012 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
12 17,336 16,846 490 13/48 18,273 (2009) 14,559 (1980)
11 14,025 13,485 541 12/48 14,873 (1985) 11,483 (1979)
10 8,776 8,047 729 7/46 9,763 (2002) 6,364 (1979)
9 3,238 3,709 -471 41/45 4,736 (1972) 2,892 (1968)
8 2,210 2,422 -212 37/45 3,855 (1978) 2,007 (1968)
7 2,184 2,900 -716 44/44 5,073 (1978) 2,184 (2012)
6 3,854 5,809 -1,955 46/46 7,843 (1978) 3,854 (2012)
5 8,589 9,296 -707 40/47 11,478 (1974) 7,798 (2010)
4 12,273 13,041 -769 40/47 15,077 (1975) 11,020 (2010)
3 14,673 15,638 -964 44/47 17,293 (1969) 14,041 (1968)
2 16,752 17,115 -363 34/48 19,035 (1978) 15,831 (1992)
1 16,708 17,543 -835 46/48 18,816 (1985) 16,067 (1981)

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Canada
2014 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
3 10,316 10,023 293 9/48 10,368 (1982) 9,486 (1981)
2 10,360 10,279 80 11-14/48 10,424 (2013) 10,015 (1981)
1 10,346 10,294 52 12/48 10,424 (1982) 10,060 (1981)
 
2013 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
12 10,345 10,096 249 4/48 10,388 (1970) 9,691 (1980)
11 9,672 8,663 1,009 1/48 9,672 (2013) 7,254 (1987)
10 4,877 4,774 103 20/46 6,492 (2002) 3,488 (1987)
9 1,742 1,395 347 8/45 2,490 (1972) 647 (1968)
8 631 375 255 12/45 1,569 (1978) 132 (2009)
7 669 772 -103 28/44 2,718 (1978) 143 (2012)
6 2,117 3,258 -1,142 45/46 4,899 (1978) 1,604 (2012)
5 5,557 5,905 -348 34/47 7,902 (1974) 4,762 (2010)
4 9,809 8,647 1,162 2/47 9,860 (1979) 6,939 (2010)
3 10,354 10,023 330 2/47 10,368 (1982) 9,486 (1981)
2 10,424 10,279 145 1/48 10,424 (2013) 10,015 (1981)
1 10,390 10,294 96 6/48 10,424 (1982) 10,060 (1981)
 
2012 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
12 10,234 10,096 138 13/48 10,388 (1970) 9,691 (1980)
11 9,270 8,663 607 11/48 9,672 (2013) 7,254 (1987)
10 5,638 4,774 864 5/46 6,492 (2002) 3,488 (1987)
9 986 1,395 -409 41/45 2,490 (1972) 647 (1968)
8 244 375 -131 36/45 1,569 (1978) 132 (2009)
7 143 772 -629 44/44 2,718 (1978) 143 (2012)
6 1,604 3,258 -1,654 46/46 4,899 (1978) 1,604 (2012)
5 5,220 5,905 -685 44/47 7,902 (1974) 4,762 (2010)
4 8,259 8,647 -388 36/47 9,860 (1979) 6,939 (2010)
3 9,674 10,023 -350 41/47 10,368 (1982) 9,486 (1981)
2 10,287 10,279 7 29/48 10,424 (2013) 10,015 (1981)
1 10,297 10,294 3 29/48 10,424 (1982) 10,060 (1981)

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Contiguous United States
2014 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
3 2,188 1,918 270 22/48 3,209 (1969) 906 (1968)
2 3,836 3,105 731 9/48 4,910 (1978) 1,972 (1992)
1 3,323 3,535 -212 33/48 4,678 (1985) 2,292 (1981)
 
2013 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
12 3,882 3,061 821 8/48 4,246 (2009) 1,242 (1980)
11 1,531 1,231 300 12/48 2,231 (2000) 174 (1999)
10 343 186 156 5/46 548 (2009) 0 (tie)
9 0 8 -8 17-45/45 54 (1978) 0 (tie)
8 0 6 -6 12-45/45 65 (1983) 0 (tie)
7 0 17 -17 24-44/44 84 (1997) 0 (tie)
6 0 55 -55 33-46/46 268 (1973) 0 (tie)
5 18 167 -149 46/47 527 (1983) 0 (2004)
4 1,283 730 553 5/47 1,602 (1975) 209 (1968)
3 2,544 1,918 626 10/47 3,209 (1969) 906 (1968)
2 3,487 3,105 382 18/48 4,910 (1978) 1,972 (1992)
1 3,834 3,535 299 15/48 4,678 (1985) 2,292 (1981)
 
2012 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
12 3,340 3,061 279 15/48 4,246 (2009) 1,242 (1980)
11 1,058 1,231 -174 26/48 2,231 (2000) 174 (1999)
10 58 186 -129 32/46 548 (2009) 0 (tie)
9 0 8 -8 17-45/45 54 (1978) 0 (tie)
8 0 6 -6 12-45/45 65 (1983) 0 (tie)
7 0 17 -17 24-44/44 84 (1997) 0 (tie)
6 0 55 -55 33-46/46 268 (1973) 0 (tie)
5 35 167 -131 39/47 527 (1983) 0 (2004)
4 302 730 -428 45/47 1,602 (1975) 209 (1968)
3 1,279 1,918 -639 44/47 3,209 (1969) 906 (1968)
2 2,745 3,105 -361 34/48 4,910 (1978) 1,972 (1992)
1 2,694 3,535 -841 46/48 4,678 (1985) 2,292 (1981)

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Alaska
2014 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
3 1,462 1,449 13 1-25/48 1,462 (tie) 1,277 (1968)
2 1,462 1,458 4 1-34/48 1,462 (tie) 1,360 (1968)
1 1,462 1,456 6 1-33/48 1,462 (tie) 1,386 (1986)
 
2013 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
12 1,462 1,444 18 1-20/48 1,462 (tie) 1,293 (1967)
11 1,348 1,377 -29 37/48 1,462 (tie) 922 (1979)
10 774 912 -137 38/46 1,239 (1971) 396 (1979)
9 220 198 22 14/45 401 (1992) 35 (1974)
8 12 56 -43 38/45 551 (1967) 0 (tie)
7 77 83 -5 25/44 479 (1967) 0 (2008)
6 257 310 -53 35/46 821 (1985) 117 (2009)
5 1,224 1,000 224 12/47 1,449 (1985) 729 (2005)
4 1,462 1,423 39 1-12/47 1,462 (tie) 1,350 (1993)
3 1,462 1,449 13 1-24/47 1,462 (tie) 1,277 (1968)
2 1,462 1,458 4 1-34/48 1,462 (tie) 1,360 (1968)
1 1,462 1,456 6 1-33/48 1,462 (tie) 1,386 (1986)
 
2012 1981-2010 Normal Period of Record from 11-1966
Month Area Mean Departure Rank Maximum (Year) Minimum (Year)
12 1,462 1,444 18 1-20/48 1,462 (tie) 1,293 (1967)
11 1,462 1,377 85 1-3/48 1,462 (tie) 922 (1979)
10 912 912 1 25/46 1,239 (1971) 396 (1979)
9 150 198 -48 30/45 401 (1992) 35 (1974)
8 20 56 -36 35/45 551 (1967) 0 (tie)
7 63 83 -19 30/44 479 (1967) 0 (2008)
6 159 310 -152 41/46 821 (1985) 117 (2009)
5 1,078 1,000 77 21/47 1,449 (1985) 729 (2005)
4 1,453 1,423 30 17/47 1,462 (tie) 1,350 (1993)
3 1,462 1,449 13 1-24/47 1,462 (tie) 1,277 (1968)
2 1,462 1,458 4 1-34/48 1,462 (tie) 1,360 (1968)
1 1,462 1,456 6 1-33/48 1,462 (tie) 1,386 (1986)

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Note: Missing months are July 1968, June-Oct 1969, and July-Sep 1971.