Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2012: Warmest Year On Record for the U.S.

The headline of this post shouldn't come as a shock to anyone. The reason I bring this up is because NOAA published a very cool article giving the heat of 2012 a visual component that puts it in a different perspective.

Difference from Average Temp: 2012
Here's the temperature analogy map for the U.S. over the course of 2012. Every state in the contiguous 48 saw higher than average temps... some (like us) more than others.

Difference from Average Temp: March
Things really kicked off in March. The map shows nothing but dark red for the eastern two-thirds of the country. Rockford saw average temperatures a good fifteen degrees above normal. This, combined with a mild winter in 2011-2012, would be the start of our massive drought that we're still dealing with today.

Difference from Average Temp: July
July was another scorcher. While the map isn't as impressive, we saw plenty of 100° days and very little rain to help ease the pain of these soaring temperatures.

Difference from Average Temp: October
We did some small breaks in the heat, however. August through November either saw normal temps or below normal temps. October, for example, shows some blue throughout the midwest, but at this point, it really didn't mean much.

To check out the full article, which includes temperature anomaly maps for the entire year and every month of 2012, click here. -BA

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