2012: Another Record Breaking Year?

 

Much of this year has been plagued by above average temperatures and this could lead to another record breaking year, right on the heels of a record breaking 2011.

2011 brought record warmth and drought to the region. Specifically, Lubbock recorded its lowest ever yearly rainfall at 5.86 inches and its second warmest year on record. Similarly, Childress had its hottest year on record and its third driest year on record.

Thankfully, this year has been wetter than last year, though the rain totals were still well below average and a drought has persisted. However, although the summer of 2012 was not as hot as the summer of 2011, overall this year has been very warm. In fact, both Lubbock and Childress are on pace to record their warmest year on record (see the below table).    

 
 
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Through
Dec 28, 2012
Last Year (2011)
thru Dec 28
Record Year thru Dec 28
Yearly Record

Average
yearly temperature
at Lubbock

63.8°F

63.0°F
(finished 2nd)

63.4°F (1934)

63.3°F (1934)

Average
yearly temperature
at Childress

66.0°F

65.3°F

65.3°F (2011)

 65.2°F (2011)

Yearly precipitation
at Lubbock

10.92"

5.86"

5.86" (2011)

5.86" (2011)

Yearly precipitation
at Childress

17.01"

11.97"

10.44" (1956)

10.44" (1956)

 
The above chart shows that through December 28th both Lubbock and Childress are well ahead of the current record warm year's pace. Check back often to see how the temperatures at Lubbock and Childress unfold as we progress through the very end of December and see if we indeed do set new records.
 

Plot of precipitation accumulation at Lubbock through December 26, 2012 (blue). Also plotted are the normal yearly precipitation distribution (red) and the previous driest year on record (2011 - in magenta) for Lubbock. Graph courtesy of the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NERCC).

Plot of precipitation accumulation at Lubbock through 26 December 2012 (blue). Also plotted are the normal yearly precipitation distribution (red) and the previous driest year on record (2011 - in magenta) for Lubbock. Graph courtesy of the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NERCC).  
 

The above graphs show that precipitation this year at Lubbock is well above last year's record dry pace, though it still lags average by several inches.

 
 of precipitation accumulation at Childress through 26 December 2012 (blue). Also plotted are the normal yearly precipitation distribution (red) and last year's precipiation (2011 - in magenta) for Childress. Graph courtesy of the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NERCC).
Plot of precipitation accumulation at Childress through 26 December 2012 (blue). Also plotted are the normal yearly precipitation distribution (red) and last year's precipitation (2011 - in magenta) for Childress. Graph courtesy of the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NERCC).
 

The above plots show that the rainfall totals at Childress this year also lag normal, but are running several inches above 2011's totals.

 

Graphs displaying the observed temperature (black) and precipitation (green) at Lubbock through November 2012. Also plotted are the normal temperatures (green), record highs (red), record lows (blue) and normal precipitation (brown). Click on the graph for a larger view.

Graphs displaying the observed temperature (black) and precipitation (green) at Lubbock through early December 2012. Also plotted are the normal temperatures (green), record highs (red), record lows (blue) and normal precipitation (brown). Click on the graph for a larger view.
 

Graphs displaying the observed temperature (black) and precipitation (green) at Childress through November 2012. Also plotted are the normal temperatures (green), record highs (red), record lows (blue) and normal precipitation (brown). Click on the graph for a larger view.

Graphs displaying the observed temperature (black) and precipitation (green) at Childress through early December 2012. Also plotted are the normal temperatures (green), record highs (red), record lows (blue) and normal precipitation (brown). Click on the graph for a larger view.

 


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