2012 Warmest Year on Record for U.S.

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climate events 2012 According to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center:

  • In 2012, the contiguous United States (CONUS) average annual temperature of 55.3°F was 3.3°F above the 20th century average, and was the warmest year in the 1895-2012 period of record for the nation.
  • The 2012 annual temperature was 1.0°F warmer than the previous record warm year of 1998.
  • Since 1895, the CONUS has observed a long-term temperature increase of about 0.13°F per decade.
  • Precipitation averaged across the CONUS in 2012 was 26.57 inches, which is 2.57 inches below the 20th century average.
  • Precipitation totals in 2012 ranked as the 15th driest year on record.
  • Over the 118-year period of record, precipitation across the CONUS has increased at a rate of about 0.16 inch per decade.
  • On a statewide and seasonal level, 2012 was a year of both temperature and precipitation extremes for the United States. Each state in the CONUS had annual temperatures which were above average.
  • Nineteen states, stretching from Utah to Massachusetts, had annual temperatures which were record warm. An additional 26 states had one of their 10 warmest years.
  • Only Georgia (11th warmest year), Oregon (12th warmest), and Washington (30th warmest) had annual temperatures that were not among the ten warmest in their respective period of records.
  • One notable warmest year record occurred in Central Park, in New York City, which has a period of record dating back 136 years.

For more information, visit NOAA.gov.

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