2012 was warmest year in USA history: NOAA

• January 9, 2013
Creative Commons: Anile Prakash, 2010

Creative Commons: Anile Prakash, 2010

2012 was the warmest year on record for most of the US, according to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The latest data shows that the lower 48, all the states apart from Alaska and Hawaii, experienced the second most extreme year of weather as well as record high average temperatures.

The average temperature for the year was 12.9°C, 1.7°C above the 20th century average and 0.5°C above the previous record set in 1998.

“In 117 years of data the record low temperatures to 1998’s previous record high average, all sit within a four degree Fahrenheit band, 2012 is 1 degree Fahrenheit above that band,” said Jake Crouch, climate scientist, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

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