Interesting data set made by NOAA Data Center researchers, focused on the warmest periods in the US between 1985 and 2012……
Of the 12 hottest 12 month periods recorded in the the US, 9 spanned between 2011 and 2012. That includes all 8 of the top 8 periods. This is according to preliminary data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
These are the warmest 12-month periods on record for the contiguous United States. The December 2011-November 2012 12-month period was the sixth warmest consecutive 12-months that the contiguous U.S. has experienced and the warmest November-October 12-month period on record.
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It’s also been pretty dry. For yet more, check: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/
Thanks Climate Progress for the heads up!