2012 global temperatures were 10th warmest on record

By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

2:53 PM EST, January 15, 2013


The average global temperature for 2012 was 10th warmest since record-keeping began in 1880, according to U.S. climate researchers.

The globe averaged about 58 degrees last year, 1.03 degrees above the 20th century average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The announcement comes a week after NOAA scientists confirmed that 2012 was the warmest year on record for the U.S. Meanwhile, a separate report released Tuesday highlights Maryland as being among the top 10 states for record-setting heat last year.

Among the details in the NOAA global climate report:

The hottest temperature recorded on Earth in 2012 was 128.5 degrees July 31 in Kuwait; the coldest was -119.6 degrees Sept. 16 at Vostok, Antarctica, according to data compiled by weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera and shared by the Weather Underground.

In Maryland, nearly one in four climate-monitoring stations set at least one new heat record in 2012, a percentage that ranks the state No. 10 nationwide, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

There were 10 heat records set across the state, most of them during the heat wave that came before and after a deadly derecho thunderstorm struck the region June 29, according to the report.

Nationwide, 3,527 monthly weather records for heat, rain and snow were broken, exceeding the 3,251 records broken in 2011, according to the report.

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