NOAA says 2012 was the hottest year on record.

According to the National Climatic Data Center of NOAA, 2012 was the hottest year on record in the US lower 48:

According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. for 2012 was 55.3°F, which was 3.2°F above the 20th century average and 1.0°F above the previous record from 1998. The year consisted of the fourth warmest winter, a record warm spring, the second warmest summer, and a warmer-than-average autumn. Although the last four months of 2012 did not bring the same unusual warmth as the first 8 months of the year, the September through December temperatures were warm enough for 2012 to remain the record warmest year, by a wide margin.

Map showing Hottest Year on Record for the US

Global Warming made 2012 the Hottest Year: This map shows where the 2012 temperatures were different from the 1981–2010 average. Shades of red indicate temperatures up to 8° Fahrenheit warmer than average, and shades of blue indicate temperatures up to 8° Fahrenheit cooler than average—the darker the color.

Comments

  1. #1 Richard Chapman
    January 24, 2013

    With each ’round of numbers it gets more difficult to deny. With each weather related disaster, another layer of denialists gets scraped off the wad true science haters. Before too much longer none but the most wild-eyed deniers will be left. I’m talking to you Lord Monckton!

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  3. #3 Michael David
    February 2, 2013

    If this isn’t a tell tale sign of global warming then I don’t know what is. I don’t believe global warming will mark the end of the world, but adjustments must be made for the human race to survive. Global warming is real, it’s coming, and it’s here! #TakeNotice # http://www.cormetech.com

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