The record hot month extended the persistent warmth that began last summer, with the last 12 months now standing as the warmest 12 month period in the US since 1895. The average US national temperature over the last 12 months has been 56.1F (13C), or about 3.3F above normal. Previous to this year, the warmest 12 month period was Nov 1999 to Oct 2000 which averaged 2.7F above normal at 55.5F. The record warmth has also been occurring north of the border as well. Winnipeg has recorded 13 consecutive months above normal dating back to July 2011, and the last 12 months (August 2011-July 2012) have been the warmest 12 month period on record since records began in Winnipeg in 1872. Prior to this year, the warmest 12 month period in the city was from Nov 1877 to Oct 1878, thanks to the record warm El Nino winter of 1877-1878 (still the warmest winter on record in Winnipeg)
|Graph of national US temperature |
anomalies since 1895. Note how much
warmer 2012 has been to date, warmer
than any other similar period since 1895.