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Fall 2012

Summer Review

Summer 2012 was a season of extremes.

The situation became critical with broiling hot temperatures across much of the country and the most severe drought conditions the nation has seen in more than 50 years. That being said, the 2012 drought still ranks as the 10th-largest severe drought since 1895.

The average summer temperature over global land and ocean surfaces tied with 2005 as the third-highest on record at 61.25 degrees F, or 1.15 degree F above the 20th century average of 60.1 degrees F. Only the summers of 1998 and 2010 were warmer. Records go back to 1880. Climatologists define summer in the Northern Hemisphere as the months of June, July and August. The most unusual warmth occurred across parts of the Northern Hemisphere, including most of the United States and Canada, southern and eastern Europe, Kazakhstan and eastern Siberia. Droughts in the U.S., eastern Russia and India all contributed to the high heat. The unusual warmth also caused Arctic sea ice to shrink to its lowest level on record.

Hurricane Isaac:

Hurricane Isaac made landfall on August 28th in southeastern Louisiana, with winds of 80 mph as a Category 1 hurricane. During landfall, the storm surge overtopped the levees in Plaquemines Parish and flooded entire communities with water as high as roofs.

Fall Precip Outlook

The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above normal precipitation across parts of the South. They are also forecasting below normal precipitation across parts of the Pacific Northwest.

Fall Precip Outlook

Fall Temp Outlook


The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above normal temperatures across the Plains, Midwest, and for Northeast.

Fall Precip Outlook

2012-2013 Winter Outlook


NOAA's official Winter Forecast won't come out until October, but here's what The Farmers Almanac is saying: Last winter was the fourth warmest for the contiguous 48 since record keeping began in 1895, with 24 states experiencing below-normal precipitation. For the coming season, the farmers Almanac is predicting that winter will return to some – but not all – areas. They say it will be a “winter of contraries, as if Old Man Winter were cutting the country in half. The eastern half of the country will see plenty of cold and snow. The western half will experience relatively warm and dry conditions. In other words, as in the political arena, the climate this winter will render us a nation divided. They predict that real winter weather will return to areas from the Great Lakes into the Northeast. Most eastern states, as far south as the Gulf Coast, will see snowier than normal conditions and cooler temperatures

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