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2012 on Pace for Warmest Year on Record

SPRINGFIELD, MASS (WGGB)-  In the June “State of the Climate” report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found the first half of 2012 was the warmest January-June period for the Lower 48 States, in records dating to 1895.

In all, a total of 28 states, all east of the Rocky Mountains, had a record warm first six months of the year, including Massachusetts. Another 15 states had their top 10 warmest January-June. Only Washington state recorded a cooler-than-average first half of 2012.

Colorado recorded its record hottest June. Potential all-time state records in South Carolina (113) and Georgia (112) are currently under review by the U.S. State Climate Extremes Committee.  Over 170 all-time record highs were either tied or broken in June.

On the other end of the spectrum, Washington state had its seventh coolest June.

Here is a month-by-month breakdown of the warmth over the Lower 48 States:

  • January:  4th warmest
  • February:  17th warmest
  • March: Warmest on record
  • April: 3rd warmest
  • May: 2nd warmest
  • June:  14th warmest

Dan Brown

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