Summary

Year End Climate Summary - 2012

2012 featured well above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for southeastern Kansas and the Missouri Ozarks.

All four of our ASOS sites (Springfield, Joplin, West Plains and Vichy) were in the top 5 warmest years on record with Springfield and West Plains at number 2. Two stations (also Springfield and West Plains) also reached the top 10 in driest years on record.

The entire area remains in a d1 (moderate drought) with much of southwest Missouri into southeast Kansas in a d2 (severe drought). See the U.S. Drought Monitor for more information.

Here are a few climate highlights for Springfield and Joplin.

For Springfield...

2012 was the 2nd warmest and 10th driest year on record for Springfield. While overall average temperatures were the 2nd warmest on record...2012 did feature the warmest average high temperatures ever recorded...at 71 degrees. The previous record was 70.1 degrees...set in 2006.

The temperature never fell into the single digits in 2012...which is a rarity. In fact...through new years morning...it has been a record 690 days (and counting) since single digit temperatures were last observed in Springfield. The previous record was 406
days...ending on March 10 1998. Temperatures last fell into the single digits in Springfield on February 11 2011...when the low temperature was 5 degrees.

For precipitation...2012 brought only 8 days of 1 inch of precipitation or more. Looking back...8 days of 1 inch of precipitation or greater last occurred in 1997...1995...and 1991. The last year that featured less than 8 days of 1 inch or more of precipitation was 1980...with only 5 days. The 3.7 inches of snow that fell makes 2012 the 4th least snowy year on record.

2012 ended with a deficit of nearly 15 inches (14.63) of rain for Springfield compared to the 30 year average. To put this in perspective...14.63 inches of rainfall over an acre of land equates to approximately 397,263 gallons of water. For an area the size of Greene county...this equates to somewhere in the neighborhood of 172 billion gallons of water.

For Joplin...

While it was hot and dry during 2012 for Joplin...the year was not quite as extreme versus climatology as 2012 was for Springfield.

For Joplin...2012 checked in as the 4th warmest year on record. With 77 days of temperatures 90 or greater and 28 days of 100 degrees or greater...2012 did feature record average high temperatures for Joplin...at 73 degrees. The old record was 72.2...set in 2006.

Here are some more interesting top 10 facts from 2012 across the Missouri Ozarks...

Springfield ranked 4th in consecutive days of 90 degree temperatures or above
(7/15/12 - 8/9/12 - 26 days).

Joplin ranked 1st in consecutive days of 90 degree temperatures or above.
(6/23/12 - 8/9/12 - 48 days).

West Plains had two 8th place runs of 90 degree temperatures or above.
(6/23/12 - 7/13/12 - 21 days)
(7/15/12 - 8/4/12 - 21 days).

Vichy ranked 4th in consecutive days of 90 degree temperatures or above.
(7/15/12 - 8/9/12 - 26 days).

 
Springfield
Joplin
West Plains
Vichy
Highest Temperature of the Year
106
109
107
106
Average High Temperature
71.0
73.0
71.5
70.2
Lowest Temperature of the Year
10
8
12
11
Average Low Temperature
48.1
50.0
47.9
46.9
Average Mean Temperature
59.5
61.5
59.7
58.5
Depart from Normal
+ 3.2
+ 3.0
+ 2.9
+ 3.4
Rank
2nd warmest / 125
4th warmest / 85
2nd warmest / 65
5th warmest / 68
Days with lows of 32 deg F or Lower
87
75
84
91
Days with lows of 0 deg F or Lower
0
0
0
0
Days with highs of 32 degrees or lower
6
5
5
9
Days with highs of 90 degrees or warmer
67
77
68
70
 
 
 
 
 
Precipitation (Inches)
30.94
38.03
32.23
33.39
Depart from Normal
-14.63
-8.52
-13.99
-10.22
Rank
10th driest / 125
30th driest / 103
8th driest / 65
25th driest / 71
days of 0.01 or greater
86
72
84
87
days of 0.10 or greater
50
45
57
58
days of 0.50 or greater
22
27
21
18
days of 1.00 or greater
8
15
8
8
Yearly Snowfall
3.7
M
 
 

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