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. Hangar13

    Note that the Martian icecaps are also receeding. Hmmm... now what do Mars and Earth have in common? Here's a hint – it's not SUVs, it's not coal-fired plants, it's not evil capitalists. Here's one more hint – it's something very hot, in the center of the solar system, and it's constantly changing. (Liberals – I'll post the answer later if you're still stumped.)

    June 8, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bob B

    I wonder how much coal was being burned in 1910.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Plenty and without the scrubbers required by law today...

      June 8, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Melodykari78

    I know it is not the point of the article, but the statement of no major blizzards this winter is inaccurate. I spent a week without electricity due to a major storm that hit the North East...in October. Well actually, I guess it is accurate because that was Fall. With that said, it was freaky seeing the grass all Winter long.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Paradise Earth

    @Bob B...no need to wonder how much humans were polluting the earth as our industrial revolution got going.
    For well over 100 years, scientists the world over have been carefully monitoring how long it takes water to evaporate. (pan-evap rate) Each year it takes longer and longer, due to the shade provided by our pollution. Evaporating water is the engine that drives the worlds weather.
    Global warming is natural. What isn't natural is the way mankinds ruining of this good earth with pollution has taken what would have been a gentle change and turned it into one with violent weather extremes.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Not All Docs Play Golf

      What is your PhD in again?

      June 8, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Paradise Earth

    Men like Al Gore and other global warming "experts" tell you puny little man is causing the earth to warm. They lie and laugh all the way to the bank.
    Al Gores carbon footprint is among the worlds largest for an man. So if what he says about global warming is true, he is a hypocrite. And a self-righteous hypocrite at that. (drives a hybrid while owning huge mansions heated and cooled by burning coal)

    June 8, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Not All Docs Play Golf

      You distract from the issue by demonizing Al Gore. The term "tree hugger" was coined by the right wing during the Reagan administration as a derogatory way to describe people who had concerns about the environment. Some day people will come to realize that the "tree huggers" were right.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. RobCM

    Not in the Northwest!

    June 8, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sean

    Ok.. So, when there is a cold winter we are told it doesnt prove that global warming is fake, but warm winters prove that its real.. Seems like a heads I win, tails you loose scenario..

    June 8, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Paradise Earth

    @joejuggle...you say the issue is wether or not life will get more difficult for human? Where you been for the past 50 years? Already over half of the worlds families subsist on 3 dollars per day. That cheezeburger lunch you had...it has a larger carbon footprint than one made by an avg. African citizen in an entire day! (24 hrs. of living)
    The question isn't "if" it will get bad for humans. The question is, how much worse will it get before God finally rids this earth of those ruining it as he promised in the bible President Obama swears by. (ditto Bush bible)

    June 8, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Not All Docs Play Golf

    The term "tree hugger" was coined by the right wing during the Reagan administration as a derogatory way to describe people who had concerns about the environment. Some day people will come to realize that the "tree huggers" were right.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Packman 1001

      Ahh – they will be dead and thus not their problem. I'm 52 so I'll probably not be around long enough for it to matter. My kids and their kids might share a different fate!

      June 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Paradise Earth

    @Sean...weather extremes are caused by mans pollution. Our polluted atmosphere provides shade over water, and so it takes water longer to evaporate, as scientists have been measuring from since before our industrial revolution. (pan-evap rates) Read above posts for more info on natural global warming with violent manmade weather extremes.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Paradise Earth

    Once this good earth is finally rid of those ruining it for everyone else, this world will be a very much nicer place to live and raise happy families.
    What good could possibly be served by a landlord who burns an entire building down because some of it's occupants were ruining it for the others? No, the greedy occupants would naturally be evicted, with the good and wholesome occupants fixing the place up.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. Doc Knowitall

    Well if 2012 is our liast year on Earthn its only right that the weather is nice !

    June 8, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Doc Knowitall

    Well, if 2012 is out last year on the planet, its only right that the weather is nice !

    June 8, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lee

    Spring weather the warmest since 1910, NOAA says

    the spring period of March through May will go down as the warmest on record since record keeping began in 1895.

    Is it 1910 or 1885

    June 8, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. LMAO

    For many years "experts" told us that we caused a hole in the earths ozone layer. They even made us stop using inexpensive low profit margin products and start using products that made these so-called "experts" truckloads of cash.
    Now we KNOW that the hole in our ozone layer was caused by one single volcano in Antarctica, and that without this hole we would all be dead by now.
    It kind of reminds me of the "experts" claiming Iraqis had WMDs up the wahzoo and had been involved with the doing of 9/11. Now we know they lied, and STILL they refuse to apologize.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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