It’s official: 2012 was indeed the hottest year in 100+ years of record keeping for the contiguous U.S. (lower 48 states). The record-breaking heat in March certainly set the table for the record and the heat just kept coming through the summer. The previous record holder is very noteworthy. 2012 broke 1998′s record by more than 1°F! Does that sound small? Let’s put in perspective: that’s the average temperature for thousands of weather stations across a country over 3,000,000 sq. mi. in area for an entire year.
|By: WeatherDem Wednesday July 18, 2012 5:18 pm|
The National Climate Data Center, in its summary of drought conditions as of the end of June 2012, reported that 55% of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing moderate to extreme drought. This is the largest percentage since December 1956 when 58% of the U.S. experienced similar conditions. The Palmer Drought Index, whose data base goes back 112 years, is relied upon for drought comparisons before 2000.