2012 Gunning for Warmest Year on Record!

2012 Gunning for Warmest Year on Record

No surprise to many across Kansas, 2012 so far has been an unusually mild and dry year.  But the mild and dry weather has not been confined to just Kansas or even just the region; it has pervaded across a good chunk of the lower 48 states.  Below are a handful of graphs and images that illustrate the warm and dry weather experienced thus far during 2012 across Kansas and the Nation.

This graph illustrates a running average of Wichita's five warmest January-November periods since 1889. Through November 30th, 2012 has a relatively comfortable lead on the 2nd warmest years, 1954 and 1934, tallying an average temperature of 63.8 degrees.

 

Temperature Rankings (Jan-Nov 2012) Since 1895
Climate division temperature rankings Jan-Nov 2012. Much of the nation is well above normal, with a smattering of record warmth.
Statewide temperature rankings Jan-Nov 2012. Several states are experiencing a record warm year thus far, including Kansas.
Regional temperature rankings Jan-Nov 2012. Five regions are experiencing a record warm year thus far.
National temperature rank Jan-Nov 2012. Through November, 2012 is the warmest year across the Nation since 1895.

 

Precipitation Rankings (Jan-Nov 2012) Since 1895
   
Climate division precipitation rankings Jan-Nov 2012. Much of the nation is experiencing below normal precipitation with the exception of the Northwest, the Deep South, the far north and the East Coast. Record dry conditions are plaguing portions of the central and northern U.S. Statewide precipitation rankings Jan-Nov 2012. Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming are unfortunately recording their driest year so far, and Kansas is experiencing its 8th driest year.  Regional precipitation rankings Jan-Nov 2012. Three regions across the Nation are experiencing top-ten dry conditions.  National precipitation rank Jan-Nov 2012. The Nation is experiencing its 12th driest year since 1895. 
 

For the latest drought information across central, south-central and southeast Kansas, click HERE.

For various climate information across central, south-central and southeast Kansas, click HERE.  



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