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  • onedanelectroman onedanelectroman Jan 8, 2013 4:12 PM Flag

    2012, hottest on record

    ///NOAA announced Tuesday that the average temperature for the year was 55 degrees, a full degree warmer than the previous record in 1998. NOAA says its rare to see a record broken by such a degree.

    While 55 degree may not sound very warm, consider this: 2012 had the fourth warmest winter on record, and much of the country had near-record low snowfalls. Nearly one-third of the country's population also experienced at least 10 days of temperatures greater than 100 degrees during the summer. Last July was also the hottest month on record. The entire year was 3.2 degrees warmer than the average for the 20th century.

    Drought also gripped also two-thirds of the nation, leading to higher food prices. NOAA says the footprint of the drought equaled the drought we saw in the 1950s. It was still smaller than the drought periods in the 1930s, and still not nearly as intense.

    The US Climate Extremes Index indicates 2012 was the second most extreme year on record in America. That includes storms Isaac and Sandy, the drought and wildfires. NOAA said tornado activity was below average for the year. The final 2012 tornado count is expected to be less than 1,000. That's the least number of tornadoes since 2002.///

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