2012: Warmest Year On Record For Contiguous U.S.

From the NOAA National Climatic Data Center’s State of the Climate for 2012:

2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States with the year consisting of a record warm spring, second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn. The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3°F, 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above 1998, the previous warmest year.

Other notable facts about 2012 in the United States:

Good thing we didn’t waste time discussing climate change during the Presidential debates.