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2012 One of the Warmest Years on Record

 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
1136 AM EST TUE JAN 1 2013

...2012 ONE OF THE WARMEST YEARS ON RECORD...

THE YEAR 2012 BEGAN ON THE MILD SIDE WITH AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURES
FINISHING SEVERAL DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. SPRING 2012 CAME TO AN END AS
THE WARMEST SPRING ON RECORD AT ALL THREE OF OUR CLIMATE STATIONS.
SUMMER 2012 ALSO FINISHED WARMER THAN NORMAL...FEATURING DOZENS OF
DAYS AT OR ABOVE 90 DEGREES AND EVEN A HANDFUL OF DAYS HITTING 100
DEGREES OR HIGHER...THE MOST THE AREA HAS SEEN SINCE THE HOT AND DRY
SUMMER OF 1988. DESPITE A COOLER THAN NORMAL FALL SEASON...THE MONTH
OF DECEMBER FINISHED SUFFICIENTLY WARMER THAN NORMAL TO MAKE 2012 ONE
OF THE WARMEST YEARS ON RECORD.

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                   TOP 10 WARMEST YEARS ON RECORD

    CINCINNATI                COLUMBUS                DAYTON
 1. 58.1 / 1881           1. 56.6 / 2012*         1. 56.2 / 1921
 2. 57.3 / 1882           2. 56.4 / 1998          2. 56.0 / 1931
 3. 57.2 / 1913           3. 55.5 / 1931          3. 55.5 / 1946
    57.2 / 1874           4. 55.4 / 1991          4. 55.3 / 2012*
 5. 57.1 / 2012*             55.4 / 1921          5. 55.2 / 1998
    57.1 / 1921           6. 55.3 / 1938          6. 55.1 / 1938
    57.1 / 1878           7. 55.0 / 2007          7. 54.7 / 1944
 8. 57.0 / 1880              55.0 / 1946             54.7 / 1939
 9. 56.9 / 1931           9. 54.9 / 1999          9. 54.6 / 1896
10. 56.8 / 1911              54.9 / 1939         10. 54.5 / 1922

   NORMAL: 54.1             NORMAL: 53.0            NORMAL: 52.1

THE YEAR 2012 FINISHED AS THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR COLUMBUS
SINCE COMPLETE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE RECORDS BEGAN THERE IN 1879. FOR
DAYTON...IT WAS THE 4TH WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD SINCE COMPLETE ANNUAL
TEMPERATURE RECORDS BEGAN THERE IN 1896. AND FOR CINCINNATI...2012
TIED FOR THE 5TH WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD SINCE COMPLETE ANNUAL
TEMPERATURE RECORDS BEGAN THERE IN 1873.

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2012 DATA IS PRELIMINARY AND HAS NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QUALITY CONTROL
BY THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER (NCDC).

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KURZ