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The May 2011 to April 2012 heat wave bumped the last record-setting warm year out of the way, which was November 1999 to October 2000

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found that the last 12 months have been a record-breaking time period for warm weather in the U.S.

According to the NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, the 12-month time period from May 2011 to April 2012 has been the warmest consecutive string of months since 1895, which is when weather records began.

Over the past year, the U.S. has had its second hottest summer, warmest March and fourth warmest winter on record. It was also discovered that April 2012 was the third warmest ever, with 332 locations in the U.S. experiencing their warmest April temperatures on record.

About 22 states in the U.S. experienced their warmest year over the last 12 months. Many of the states were in the Northeast and Upper Midwest United States.

Also, cities like Washington D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Tampa and Nashville have encountered their warmest start to the calendar year 2012. Twenty-six states east of the Rocky Mountains have recorded the beginning of 2012 as their warmest start of the year yet, with the lower 48 states experiencing temperatures about 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit above average so far.

A few examples of record-breaking states include North Dakota, which has had temperatures 10.4 degrees above normal so far this year; Minnesota, with 9.6 degrees above normal; South Dakota, with 9 degrees over average; Wisconsin, with 8.6 degrees above normal, and Iowa, with 8.6 degrees over average.

According to the NOAA, the cause of the warm weather is a jet stream pattern that has locked the cold air in the high latitudes and created "heat domes" over the center of the lower 48 states. These domes have wandered east and west periodically.

The May 2011 to April 2012 heat wave bumped the last record-setting warm year out of the way, which was November 1999 to October 2000. The average temperature was 2.8 degrees F above average at that time.

Source: Slashdot

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Awesome wasn't it?
By SandmanWN on 5/10/2012 3:17:36 PM , Rating: 5
Best winter eva!!!

RE: Awesome wasn't it?
By AMDftw on 5/10/2012 3:20:46 PM , Rating: 2
I wanted Snow damnit

RE: Awesome wasn't it?
By tayb on 5/10/2012 3:38:21 PM , Rating: 2
Should have gone to Alaska. They had snow fall some 10 feet above average. Not inches, but feet. I'm not sure if this is entirely true but it's what I was told and I'm far too lazy/uncaring to actually verify that.

RE: Awesome wasn't it?
By BSMonitor on 5/10/2012 3:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
Lot of snow in Antarctica.

RE: Awesome wasn't it?
By Mitch101 on 5/10/2012 4:11:55 PM , Rating: 2
18 Feet of Snow.

Snowfall records for January have been broken in 23 states.

Lewis County, Wash., recorded 11.5 inches of snowfall so far this January, breaking the past record of 2 inches set in January of 2011.

Some long-standing snowfall records were broken in the states of Texas and Wyoming. Midland County, Texas, has received 10.6 inches of snow as of Jan. 26. The previous record of 5.9 inches of snow was set in 1955.

Natrona County, Wyo., snowfall of 4.6 inches this January broke a 63 year record of 3 inches that had been standing since 1949.

Other areas of the U.S. have reported record-high temperatures for the month so far this January.

I like DT but I find the article a bit one sided afraid to go outside I might burst into flames. Its also rather chilly today.

RE: Awesome wasn't it?
By Gungel on 5/10/2012 3:59:32 PM , Rating: 3
I like the lower heating bills.

RE: Awesome wasn't it?
By TheEinstein on 5/10/2012 7:07:52 PM , Rating: 2
As a leading politician fighting the falacy of AGW I call bullcrap. identifies that 93% of all weather stations used by NOAA report the temperature hgiher than reality by a minimum of 1 degree, with a full scientific white paper on the topic and another on the way, as well as complete evidence to back their claims.

The NOAA has been shutting down decent weather stationw for years and sometimes moving weather stations to bad locations on purpose.

I stand ready to defend my assertations.

"A politician stumbles over himself... Then they pick it out. They edit it. He runs the clip, and then he makes a funny face, and the whole audience has a Pavlovian response." -- Joe Scarborough on John Stewart over Jim Cramer

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