2012: 2nd Warmest on Record in Providence

January 1st, 2013 at 9:07 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The National Weather Service released a preliminary report on 2012 and for some major Southern New England cities, it was a record breaker.  Boston, Worcester and Hartford all had their warmest year in 2012.  Providence had its second warmest year on record. 

For Providence, it was really the first half of the year that did it.  Both Winter and and Spring were more than 4°F above average, while Summer and Fall were pretty close to normal. 

You may remember how dry it was in the winter and spring, too.  February was especially dry, infact it was the 5th driest on record with only 1.49″ of liquid precipitation.  We were in a drought for awhile in the spring before some summer rains helped us out.  The year’s precipitation deficit turned out to be about 6″ below normal.    In fact, all the major Southern New England Cities had a dry year.

Here’s the Providence info from the National Weather Service if you’d like to dig into the numbers a little more. -T.J> Del Santo

            …PERIOD OF RECORD: 1905 TO PRESENT…

       AVG HIGH  AVG LOW  AVG MEAN  PCPN  SNOW  REMARKS
       ——–  ——-  ——–  —-  —-  ——-

JAN:      43.1     25.0     34.1    3.40  10.7
          +5.7     +4.0     +4.9   -0.46  +1.7

FEB:      45.6     26.8     36.2    1.49   4.6  6TH WARMEST
          +5.3     +3.2     +4.2   -1.80  -3.9  5TH DRIEST

MAR:      56.1     36.5     46.3    1.31   0.2  3RD WARMEST/4TH DRIEST
          +8.3     +6.5     +7.4   -3.70  -5.3  3RD LEAST SNOWIEST

APR:      62.0     40.8     51.4    3.50   0.0  6TH WARMEST
          +3.4     +1.2     +2.3   -0.86  -0.6

MAY:      69.8     53.2     61.5    4.24   0.0  6TH WARMEST
          +1.4     +4.6     +3.0   +0.69   0.0

JUN:      75.4     57.6     66.5    5.02   0.0
          -2.1     -0.8     -1.5   +1.38   0.0

JUL:      84.8     65.8     75.3    2.74   0.0  10TH WARMEST
          +2.0     +1.6     +1.8   -0.55   0.0

AUG:      82.7     64.7     73.7    3.97   0.0
          +1.3     +1.5     +1.4   +0.37   0.0

SEP:      72.8     55.4     64.1    5.43   0.0
          -1.4     +0.1     -0.6   +1.51   0.0

OCT:      64.7     47.7     56.2    3.63   0.0
          +1.4     +3.8     +2.6   -0.30   0.0

NOV:      50.1     33.9     42.0    0.91   1.3  7TH DRIEST
          -3.1     -1.8     -2.5   -3.60  -0.2

DEC:      45.7     31.0     38.4    5.55   9.3  TIED FOR 8TH WARMEST
          +3.4     +4.7     +4.1   +1.33  +0.6

SEASONAL SUMMARY
—————-

WINTER:   45.8     27.1     36.5    8.84  15.3  2ND WARMEST
          +5.8     +3.5     +4.7   -2.53 -10.9

SPRING:   62.6     43.5     53.1    9.05   0.2  3RD WARMEST
          +4.4     +4.1     +4.3   -3.87  -5.9  3RD LEAST SNOWIEST

SUMMER:   81.0     62.7     71.8   11.73   0.0
          +0.4     +0.7     +0.5   +1.20   0.0

AUTUMN:   62.5     45.7     54.1    9.97   1.3
          -1.1     +0.7     -0.2   -2.39  -0.2

ANNUAL SUMMARY
————–

ANNUAL:   62.7     44.9     53.8   41.19   26.1  2ND WARMEST
          +2.1     +2.4     +2.2   -5.99   -7.7

RECORDS
——-
01/12…RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION…1.54…PREVIOUSLY 1.14 IN 1915
01/21…RECORD DAILY SNOWFALL…7.6…PREVIOUSLY 6.6 IN 1976
02/29…RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION…0.70…PREVIOUSLY 0.31 IN 1968
02/29…RECORD DAILY SNOWFALL…3.3…PREVIOUSLY 2.3 IN 1964
03/12…RECORD HIGH…72…PREVIOUSLY 70 IN 1973
03/19…RECORD HIGH…73…PREVIOUSLY 69 IN 2010
03/22…RECORD HIGH…81…PREVIOUSLY 74 IN 1948
04/22…RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION…1.59…PREVIOUSLY 1.43 IN 2000
04/23…RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION…1.60…PREVIOUSLY 1.44 IN 2006
06/25…RECORD DAILY PRECIPITATION…1.34…PREVIOUSLY 1.14 IN 2006
11/06…RECORD LOW…24…PREVIOUSLY 25 IN 1951
11/07…RECORD DAILY SNOWFALL…1.3…PREVIOUSLY T IN 2010

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