State of the Climate 2012

2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States

No news is no news for El Niño prospects

NOAA's State of the Climate report for October shows drought across 60.2% of the contiguous United States. Elsewhere, Pacific Ocean monitoring indicates that a weak El Nino system associated with wetter winters in Southern California and the Southwest has petered out into neutral conditions.

Warmest January to September on record

NOAA's October State of the Climate update shows January through September 2012 the warmest first nine months of any year on record.

Third hottest summer since 1895

Summer 2012 significant temperature recordings and events from NOAA's "State of the Climate" page
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