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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

NCDC Announces Warmest Year on Record for Contiguous U.S.

All states marked with the number 118 are the warmest on record. Records go back 118 years.
2012 will go down as the warmest year on record.  Is this notable? Yes.  But that doesn't mean you need to prepare your boat for Kevin Costner's Waterworld.  2012 is the warmest year ON RECORD.  Records only go back 118 years. In the span of the earth's existence that's a pretty small amount of time. The average temperature was 3.2 degrees above average.  That beats the previous record from 1998 by an entire degree.  In the world of weather, that's A LOT!
This was the driest year on record for Nebraska and Wyoming
From temperature extremes to precipitation extremes...2012 was also the driest year on record.  

Click here for the Top Ten Weather/Climate Events of 2012.  No surprise here.  Sandy is #1.

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