2012 was warmest and second most extreme year on record for the contiguous U.S. (NOAA, USA)

2012 was warmest and second most extreme year on record for the contiguous U.S. (NOAA, USA)

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15 January 2013
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2012 was a historic year for extreme weather that included drought, wildfires, hurricanes and storms; however, tornado activity was below average

2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States with the year consisting of a record warm spring, second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn. The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3°F, 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above 1998, the previous warmest year. >> More

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