Spring weather the warmest since 1910, NOAA says
June 7th, 2012
02:26 PM ET

Spring weather the warmest since 1910, NOAA says

Many of us went through a winter that seemed nonexistent. There were no major blizzards or numbing arctic outbreaks. And it looks as if spring continued much of the same weather pattern throughout the United States.

After reviewing the past several months, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that May 2012 will end as the second warmest on record in the United States. It also said that the spring period of March through May will go down as the warmest on record since record keeping began in 1895.

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The average temperature in May over the contiguous United States was 64.3 degrees, or 3.3 degrees above normal. For spring, the average was 57.1 degrees, 5.2 degree above normal. The previous record for warmest spring was set in 1910; this spring beat that year by 2 degrees.

If you look back over the last 12 months from June 2011 to May 2012, it is the warmest 12-month period of any 12 months on record, according to NOAA.

The warm temperatures were not tied to any one particular part of the country. In the contiguous United States, only Oregon and Washington had spring temperatures near normal.

Data starting on January 1 through the end of May show many cities are off to their warmest start since record keeping began at the location:

Chicago – Warmest in 54 years

New York City (Central Park) – Warmest in 137 years

New York City (JFK) – Warmest in 55 years

Philadelphia – Warmest in 72 years

Washington (Dulles) – Warmest in 50 years

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  1. Packman 1001

    No such thing as global warming. Sarah Palin told me so and that's good enough for me!

    June 8, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ELH

    The warm 1910 spring was caused by global warming. Not today's Al Gore global warming but global warming none the less. It was preceded by a decade or so of global cooling and followed by several decades of global normal.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Derryck

      winter is new spring, spring is new summer, enjoy the sun shine.. long live USA

      June 9, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ordinary Average American

    Oh noooo . . . it's gonna be a long, long summer in Arizona. Ugh!

    June 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Julie

    Not warmest in Virginia. It's been exceptionally cool and comfortable. Absolutely delightful actually.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Laura

      Must be my sister, she thinks 90 is cool and comfortable!

      June 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. blursd

    Really ... it's been unseasonably cool this spring in San Diego. It's been really nice ... haven't needed the air conditioner.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Harvey

    Global warming in 1910...amazing. Of course that translated to decades of normal weather and what scientists thought was going to be another ice age in the 70's. This global warming thing is CRAP and is just another cycle of the Earth we live on.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. rosie

    Warmest spring. Hmmmm. SO WHAT??? I enjoyed not shoveling snow and freezing my Butt off, thank you very much.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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