Friday, June 22, 2012

Jan. 1-June 21, 2012: Record Highs Outpace Record Lows in the U.S. During 2012

The attached map shows the current heat wave produced record high temperatures (in red) for June 21 in the U.S.  This is the continuation of a trend that began back in mid winter with persistent warmer than normal conditions.  March 2012 was the warmest on record for the U.S. and set many record high temperatures (118 years of data, 1895-2012).  Although the departure from normal with the recent warmth in June is not as large as earlier in the year, the U.S. continues to "run a fever" with above normal conditions for almost all of the U.S. (for the year to date).
For the year-to-date, warm temperature records have been outnumbering cold temperature records in the U.S. by a ratio of about 7-to-1.
Locally, as of June 21, Lincoln, NE, is, for the year to date, still the warmest year on record (126 years of data, 1887-2012).

For much more information go to Climate Central 

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