The weather delivered just what a parched nation needed in 2013: the wettest and coolest year since 2009.
Much of the central United States recovered from drought that developed in 2012, the nation's hottest and one of its driest on record.
Most of Nebraska and all of Iowa recovered from drought. Well, sort of.
Iowa, with its wettest and seventh coolest spring on record, bounced out of the drought early on, then got slammed by another extremely dry summer.
Drought flared to life in western Iowa as a result of those dry summer months, bringing misery to farmers. Dry conditions eased with autumn rains.
(The extremely dry summer extended into the Omaha area, which had its second driest July on record.)
Nebraska, too, had a cool, wet spring, but not nearly to the extent of Iowa. Drought took longer to ease in Nebraska but did so in many areas after the state experienced its 12th wettest fall on record.
The U.S. also had seven billion-dollar weather disasters:
— Severe weather outbreak in southeast on March 18.
— Severe weather April 7-11 in the Midwest and Plains.
— Tornadoes May 18-22 in the Midwest, Plains and East.
— Tornadoes May 27-31 in the Midwest, Plains and Northeast.
— Colorado floods Sept. 10-16.
— Western drought and heat wave from March to September.
— Late-season Ohio Valley tornado outbreak Nov. 17.
Temperatures last year in Nebraska and Iowa averaged cooler than normal, and precipitation was near normal to a little higher than normal over the 12 months.
This information on the 2013 weather comes from a report published Wednesday by the National Climatic Data Center, which is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The report can be found at: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/