Posted at 4:52 PM on July 18, 2012
by Paul Huttner
Filed under: Climate
+4.5 degrees in the USA through June 2012
USA's Warmest year on record so far in 2012
Word this week that this is the hottest year on record for the USA so far in 2012. This is not a big surprise given the record warm march and the brutal summer heat so far.
Here are some quick details from NOAA. Here is a link to the full report.
•The January-June period was the warmest first half of any year on record for the contiguous United States. The national temperature of 52.9°F was 4.5°F above average. Most of the contiguous U.S. was record and near-record warm for the six-month period, except the Pacific Northwest. Twenty-eight states east of the Rockies were record warm and an additional 15 states were top ten warm.
If you take the past 12 months as a whole going back to last July, this is the warmest year on record for the USA.
•The July 2011-June 2012 period was the warmest 12-month period of any 12-months on record for the contiguous U.S., narrowly surpassing the record broken last month for the June 2011-May 2012 period by 0.05°F. The nationally-averaged temperature of 56.0°F was 3.2°F above the long term average. Every state across the contiguous U.S. had warmer than average temperatures for the period, except Washington, which was near normal.