Wednesday, January 09, 2013

2012 = Warmest Ever

Nope, your senses weren't fooling you the past 12 months.  The lower 48 just experienced its warmest year on record (EVER)!  Here is an excerpt from NOAA that provides a good summary:

NOAA Press Release on Jan. 8, 2012:

According to NOAA scientists, 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.

The warmth will continue as we are now in the middle of our January thaw.  Highs soared into the middle 40s in eastern Mass late this afternoon after a slow warmup.  Tomorrow will be slightly cooler with highs in the lower 40s, but then we really go to town.  Saturday starts the torch in earnest, approaching 50 degrees or slightly higher.  Then we are still pushing 60 degrees by Sunday afternoon.  Any sunshine we see will boost the temperatures even higher.  If we get a few hours of sun in the late morning and early afternoon, lower 60s is not out of the question.  Sayonara snow pack in southern New England!

Wintertime cold returns midweek, next week.  Enjoy the spring warmth for now.

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