Record High Temperatures Recorded for May

By Paul Riegler on 8 June 2012
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If you noticed over the past few months that it has been warmer outside, you weren’t alone.  Since the beginning of the year, the continental United States has experienced record-setting high temperatures.

In the period from January through May, the average high temperature in the lower 48 states was 49.2° F (9.5° C).  This was five degrees above normal, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday and made the past 12 months the warmest 12-month block on record.

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.

If you look back 12 months, the period from June 2011 through May 2012 was the warmest 12-month block since records started to be kept more than a century ago.

(Photograph: Jonathan Spira)

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