1st Half of 2012 Warmest on Record in Providence, BostonJuly 10th, 2012 at 7:06 am by Michelle Muscatello under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog
A non-existent winter, warm spring and hot start to summer has sent 2012 into the record books… not just in southern New England, but for most of the United States. In fact, the 1st 6-months of 2012 accounted for the warmest January-through-June period on record for the contiguous U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Monday.
NOAA data shows the national temperature of 52.9°F was 4.5°F above average. Most of the contiguous U.S. was record and near-record warm for the six-month period, except the Pacific Northwest. Twenty-eight states east of the Rockies were record warm and an additional 15 states were top ten warm.
Locally– the period from Jan 1 through Jun 30 was the warmest of more than 65yrs of record keeping in RI and in 77yrs of record keeping in Boston. Here’s a list of more US cities and where the temperatures for 2012 rank: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2012/6/supplemental/page-1/
Here’s a graph of the average temperatures in Providence from 1948-2012
It was the 2nd half of June that, in particular, garnered a lot of weather-related news headlines… as extreme heat gripped the nation. Over 170 all-time warm temperature records were broken or tied during the month. Temperatures in South Carolina (113°F) and Georgia (112°F) are currently under review by the U.S. State Climate Extremes Committee as possible all-time statewide temperature records. Here’s a look at data from the National Climate Data Center showing where record high temperatures were set in June.