As many probably know by now, 2012 was the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States. In fact last year obliterated to previous record. The record was eclipsed by a full one degree Fahrenheit. This was an astounding result and is outside any normal experience. The graphic below illustrates the comparison with the five warmest years on record.
|A comparison of the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. with the warmest years on record. Image Credit: Climate Central.|
Every state saw warmer than normal temperatures for the year, however the amount of heat was not uniform. Record heat was reported in the Southwest, Central U.S., and the Northeast. It was quite hot in the Southeast, but much of the area escaped the hottest temperatures. Many of the all-time record high temperatures set during the Dust Bowl era fell in the central U.S. this past summer.
|A look at the distribution of heat across the U.S. for 2012. Image Credit: Climate Central.|