Warmest Calendar Year Almost A Guarantee at St. Louis and Columbia... 

Persistently warm weather has greeted much of the eastern three-quarters of the country thus far in the year 2012, including the bi-state region.  In fact, through December 12th, this year has been the warmest start to a calendar year on record at St. Louis, MO (KSTL), Columbia, MO (KCOU), and 7th warmest ever at Quincy, IL (KUIN).  This record warmth thus far in 2012 was especially bolstered during meteorological spring (March - May) where the month of March at all three locations experienced record warmth.  Summer was also well above normal, with all three sites in the top 10 warmest on record.  Detailed lists of the top 10 warmest starts to a calendar year can be found below:  

St. Louis, Missouri
Period of record: 1874- Present

Top Ten Avg. Temperatures

1)  62.5 2012
2)  61.5 1921
3)  60.8 1990
4)  60.5 1991
5)  60.3 1998/1938
7)  60.0 1953
8)  59.8 2007/1954
10) 59.7 2011/2010

Columbia, Missouri
Period of record: 1890- Present

Top Ten Avg. Temperatures

1)  60.7 2012
2)  59.9 1938
3)  59.4 1946
4)  59.1 1921
5)  58.9 1939/1931
7)  58.8 1953
8)  58.7 1954
9)  58.6 1934
10) 58.4 1941

Quincy, Illinois
Period of record: 1901- Present

Top Ten Avg. Temperatures

1)  60.6 1921
2)  59.3 1934/1931

4)  58.6 1938/1933/1922
7)  58.3 1946
8)  58.1 2012/1930

10) 57.8
1919


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