Summer of 2012


For the lower 48 states, the summer of 2012 was the 3rd warmest on record.

Contiguous United States
Highest Mean Summer Temperatures

Rank Temperature Year
1 74.6 1936
2 74.5 2011
3
(tie)
74.4 2012
74.4 2006
5 74.2 1934
6
(tie)
74.0 2010
74.0 2002
8
(tie)
73.9 2007
73.9 1988
10 73.5 2003


Colorado and Wyoming both had their warmest summer on record.  (Wyoming also had its driest summer on record.)

 Summer 2012 - Temperature Rankings by State


Texas

Highest Mean Summer Temperatures

Rank Temperature Year
1 86.7 2011
2
(tie)
84.3 1998
84.3 1980
4 84.2 1934
5 83.5 1918
6
(tie)
83.4 1954
83.4 1953
8
(tie)
83.2 1952
83.2 1951
10
(tie)
83.1 2012
83.1 2001
83.1 1956
83.1 1925
83.1 1902

Dallas/Fort Worth

Highest Mean Summer Temperatures

Rank Temperature Year
1 90.5 2011
2 89.2 1980
3 88.3 1998
4 87.7 1954
5 87.6 1952
6 87.5 2010
7
(tie)
87.4 2008
87.4 1934
9 87.1 2006
10 86.8 1956
11
(tie)
86.2 2012
86.2 1999

Waco

Highest Mean Summer Temperatures

Rank Temperature Year
1 90.5 2011
2 88.7 1925
3 88.6 1934
4 87.7 1918
5 87.6 1998
6 87.3 1980
7
(tie)
87.2 1977
87.2 1969
9
(tie)
87.0 2010
87.0 2009
87.0 1909

Rank Temperature Year
31
(tie)
85.7 2012

 DFW Airport - Summer Temperatures 

DFW Temperatures - June 2012 DFW Temperatures - July 2012DFW Temperatures - August 2012

 Waco Regional Airport - Summer Temperatures 

Waco Temperatures - June 2012 Waco Temperatures - July 2012Waco Temperatures - August 2012 


For the lower 48, this year's average temperature year-to-date (January 1 to August 31) is 58.7°F.  This is the warmest on record, 4°F warmer than the 20th century average and a full 1°F warmer than the previous record (2006).

 Temperature Anomalies for Lower 48 


Unless the last four months of this year are within the coolest tercile (coolest third of historic data), 2012 will easily beat 1998 for the warmest year on record.

 Temperature Anomalies for Lower 48


 Texas is also having one of its warmest years on record.

The tables below show the warmest average temperatures for the year to date (January 1 to August 31).

Texas

Highest Mean Temperatures
January-August

Rank Temperature Year
1 69.9 2011
2
(tie)
69.8 2012
69.8 2000
4
(tie)
69.7 2006
69.7 1911
6 69.5 1925
7
(tie)
68.9 1953
68.9 1927
9
(tie)
68.8 1999
68.8 1998
68.8 1954

Dallas/Fort Worth

Highest Mean Temperatures
January-August

Rank Temperature Year
1 72.5 2006
2 71.8 2012
3 71.3 2011
4 71.2 2000
5 71.1 2008
6 70.8 1925
7 70.4 1998
8
(tie)
70.3 1952
70.3 1911
10
(tie)
70.2 1999
70.2 1954

Waco

Highest Mean Temperatures
January-August

Rank Temperature Year
1 73.8 1925
2 72.5 2011
3 72.1 1934
4
(tie)
72.0 2006
72.0 1933
72.0 1907
7
(tie)
71.8 1927
71.8 1921
9
(tie)
71.6 2012
71.6 1911



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