2012: Warmest Year on Record

  

Warmest Years on Record (Average Temperature in Degrees Fahrenheit)

Rawlins (through December 13th)

Laramie (through December 12th)

Cheyenne 

Chadron 

Alliance

Scottsbluff

Sidney

Average Temperature

Year

Average Temperature

Year

Average Temperature

Year

Average Temperature

Year

Average Temperature

Year

Average Temperature

Year

Average Temperature

Year

 47.7

 2012

 45.9

2012 

 49.1

2012 

 51.5

2012 

 49.8

2012 

 53.1

2012 

 52.4

2012 

 47.0

1998 

 44.9

1954 

48.3

1981

50.8 

 1981 

 47.7

2006 

 52.9

1981 

50.8 

2010 

 46.7

 1981

 43.9

 1981

48.3

1954

50.3 

 1954

 47.6

1998 

 52.0

 1939

 49.9

 1954

 46.4

 1994

 43.6

 1998

48.1

1994

49.4 

 1980

 47.0

 2010

 51.6

 1934

 49.8

 1963

 46.1

 1992/1954

 43.5

 1994/1953/1963

47.8

2005/2003

49.4 

 1953

 46.1

 2011

 51.5

 1938

 49.8

 1981

If you sensed that 2012 was a mild year, your senses are quite correct!  In terms of average temperature, 2012 will go into the record books as the warmest year on record for southeast Wyoming

and western Nebraska.  Rawlins was a significant 0.7 degrees warmer than the 2nd warmest year in 1998.  Laramie a significant 1.0 degrees warmer than their 2nd warmest year in 1954.

In Cheyenne, the average temperature for 2012 was 49.1 degrees, a rather significant 0.8 degrees warmer than the previous warmest year in 1981.  Chadron, Alliance, Scottsbluff and Sidney also had

their warmest years on record, with Scottsbluff eclipsing their previous warmest year in 1981 by 0.2 degrees, and even warmer than the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, including 1934, 1938 and 1939.



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