2012 ties for warmest year on record

6:34 PM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Most of us were aware of some unusually mild weather in 2012 (especially during the first half of the year), but it may come as a surprise that the temps are worthy of the record books.   

As it turns out, 2012 is tied with 1931 as the warmest year on record, with an average temp of 50.8 degrees!

Each month was warmer than normal except October (which came in just a degree cooler than normal). The peak of Minnesota's warmth came in March when temperatures averaged an astounding 15.5 degrees warmer than normal; that made it the warmest March on record.

St. Patrick's Day brought an 80 degree high in the middle of a four day streak of temps near 80- in an unprecedented March heat wave.

Summer continued the unusual wave of warmth with a 103 degree high temp on June 7th. We hit 100 three times this summer, again on the 4th of July and the 6th. Three days of 100-plus temps are impressive, considering we hit 100 on average just once every 5 years in the metro.

Another stat that pushed the year's average temp up was 31 days of temps of 90 degrees or warmer, a full month's worth!

Despite all these sweat-inducing statistics, Minnesota will be ending the year on a frigid note with our first subzero night of the season at MSP International Airport, also the first since the middle of January.

A head scratcher for sure, but that's Minnesota weather.  

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