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Area endures second hottest year in 2012
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While the world did not end in 2012 as suggested by the Mayans, Middle Tennessee did survive its second hottest year in recorded history.
According to Bobby Boyd, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Nashville Bureau, 2012 joined 2007 in being the second hottest years in Midstate history.
Both years, Boyd revealed, had an average temperature of 62.3 degrees, which is significantly warmer than the Midstate normal average which is 59.4 degrees. The hottest year in Midstate history, by just two-tenths of a percent was 1921 when the average temperature was 62.5.
Helping propel Warren and surrounding counties into the history books when it comes to heat were three days in late June and early July when the mercury tipped 106 degree to tie Warren County’s all-time record. During that same period, the area saw a record lack of rainfall with only a fraction of an inch recorded in June. However, Boyd points out 2012 was not particularly dry in the Midstate as 45.82 inches of rain were recorded, just down from the average of 47.25 inches.
Boyd said the final month of 2012 did little to influence the overall year’s average as December was the 12th hottest December on record. The rainfall last month was just a bit above that of a normal December with traces of snow recorded Dec. 26 and Dec. 29.
Boyd says to expect the first three months of 2013 to be a bit above the average when it comes to temperature and precipitation, meaning the weather service is calling for a warmer-than-normal winter.