Tuesday, May 8, 2012

April 2012 Statewide Temperature Rankings

April 2012 Climate Summary.  From NOAA/NCDC.
According to NOAA scientists, several warm periods across the nation during April brought the average temperature of the contiguous U.S. to 55°F, 3.6°F above average, marking the third warmest April on record. These temperatures, when added with the first quarter and previous 11 months, calculate to the warmest year-to-date and 12-month periods since record keeping began in 1895. 
The 12-month period of May 2011-April 2012 has a nationally-averaged temperature 2.8°F above the 1901-2000 long-term average, while the January-April 2012 months were 45.4°F, 5.4°F above the long-term average.
U.S. Climate highlights - April 2012
  • Warmer than average temperatures were present for a large portion of the nation during April with nine states in the Central and Northeast regions having April temperatures ranking among their ten warmest. Above average temperatures were also present for the Southeast, Upper Midwest and much of the West.
  • Eight states - Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia - had average April temperatures cooler than their March temperatures. However, these temperatures were still above the long-term average for the month.
  • According to the Rutgers Global Snow Lab, the April snow cover extent across the contiguous United States was the third smallest on record, despite the late season Nor'easter which impacted the Northeast with snow near the end of April.

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