That Was the Warmest Winter Ever!

Photo by Richard Slessor. Some rights reserved.

If you felt like you did less ice scraping, cocoa brewing, teeth chattering, or parka donning over the past few months, new data from the NOAA suggests that you are not alone. In fact, this winter set numerous records for warm temperatures, including the warmest winter months (January – February) on record in the contiguous United States! The average temperature during these months is listed as 42 degrees F, a full six degrees above the national average based on data dating back to 1895. As many east coasters will attest, this March was an especially unseasonably warm month, with 25 middle and eastern states posting record high temperatures for the month (although us PNWesters couldn’t have told you, as evidenced by this, I think, very humorous color-coated graph), and with every US state experiencing at least a single day of record warm temperatures.

Other related facts and figures from the NOAA report: This past “cold season” (defined as the months ranging from October to March), was the second warmest on record (after 1999 – 2000), and the 12 month period ranging from April 2011 – March 2012 was the warmest period of its ilk on record (and as alluded to earlier in this piece, Oregon and KM’s home state of Washington were the only US states to post temperatures that were colder than average).

3 responses to this post.

  1. I laughed out loud at the graph.


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