2012 Hottest, Second Most Extreme Year For Weather
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new report indicates the contiguous U.S. experienced a 3.2 degree increase from the 20th Century average. It was also a historic year for severe droughts, hurricanes, wildfires and storms.
January 23, 2013
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2012 State of the Climate National Overview report, the contiguous U.S. experienced the hottest year and second most extreme on record. In the report, the organization indicates a 3.2 degree increase over the 20th Century average and a 1 degree increase over 1998, the former hottest year record holder.
The report also includes a top ten list of the most extreme weather events the contiguous U.S. experienced in 2012. Hurricane/superstorm Sandy claimed the No.1 ranking, with the drought, warm weather and a record amount of wildfire activity snagging other spots.
To see the full report, visit NOAA.gov.