Record High Temperatures Recorded For July and 2012

By Paul Riegler on 8 August 2012
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If current trends continue, 2012 may very well turn out to be the warmest summer on record. According to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States experienced the warmest 12-month period (ending in June ) since national record keeping began in 1885.  The past 12 months ending in May were also the warmest and it is likely that, when July data is released, that trend will continue.

In the U.S., July 2012 saw 4,313 record daily highs, 293 monthly record highs, and 171 all-time record highs, according to data released by the NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

The state of Oklahoma had the warmest average temperature in the country, followed by Texas.  Oklahoma City reached 112°F (44.4°C) on July 1 and 2, and 113°F (45°C) on July 3, tying all-time high temperature records for that location. In addition, from July 17 through August 4, temperatures there reached or exceeded 100°F (37.8°C).

The Northern Hemisphere land and ocean average surface temperature for June was an all-time record for June with temperatures 2.34°F (1.30°C) above average.  The globally-averaged land surface temperature for June was also a record at 1.93°F (1.07°F) above average, and the average combined global land and ocean surface temperature for June was the fourth warmest since record keeping began in 1880, with temperatures at 1.13°F (0.63°C) above the twentieth-century average of 59.9°F (15.5°C).

In the U.S., May 2012 was the second warmest May on record with an average temperature of 64.3° F (17.9° C) in the lower 48 states.

In March of this year, more than 50 cities reported the warmest March on record.

In addition, the winter of 2011-2012 was the fourth warmest winter on record and the warmest since 1999-2000.

(Graphic: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

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