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January 2012 Ranked Fourth Warmest on Record

Like we didn't know it was warm...

The State of The Climate for January has been released and can be viewed here but here are a few highlights:

  • The average contiguous U.S. temperature in January was 36.3 degrees F, 5.5 degrees F above the 1901-2000 long-term average — the fourth warmest January on record, and the warmest since 2006.
  • Warmer-than-average temperatures were widespread across the contiguous United States during January and no state was cooler than average.
  • Several towns across Alaska had their coldest average January temperatures on record — Nome (-16.6 degrees F), Bethel (-17.3 degrees F) McGrath (-28.5 degrees F), and Bettles (-35.6 degrees F).
  • The first two months of the winter season, December and January, have been much warmer than average for the contiguous United States. This two-month period was the fourth warmest on record with a season-to-date temperature 3.8 degrees F above average.

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