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2012 is the Hottest Year on Record

2012 is now the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States, according to the data gathered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center. 2012 had a record warm spring, second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn. The average temperature in 2012 was 55.3 °F, 1°F warmer than the previous warmest year, 1998.

2012 was also filled with extreme weather, making it the second most extreme year on record for the contiguous United States. Precipitation was almost 3 inches below average, making it the 15th driest year on record. 2012 had 11 disasters that reached beyond $1 billion in losses, including Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, and the tornado outbreaks in the mid-west.

Learn more about climate records from 2012.

From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

The Earth experienced the 13th warmest March [in 2011] since record keeping began in 1880, as the climate phenomenon La Niña continued to be a significant factor.
The global land and ocean average temperature was 55.78 degrees F, which is 0.88 F above the 20th century average.
Warmer-than-average conditions occurred across most of Siberia, southwestern  Greenland, southern North America, and most of Africa. Cooler-than-average  regions included: most of Australia, the western half of Canada, most of  Mongolia, China, and southeastern Asia.

From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

The Earth experienced the 13th warmest March [in 2011] since record keeping began in 1880, as the climate phenomenon La Niña continued to be a significant factor.

The global land and ocean average temperature was 55.78 degrees F, which is 0.88 F above the 20th century average.

Warmer-than-average conditions occurred across most of Siberia, southwestern Greenland, southern North America, and most of Africa. Cooler-than-average regions included: most of Australia, the western half of Canada, most of Mongolia, China, and southeastern Asia.