NCDC Releases November 2012 U.S. Climate Report
According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous United States during November was 44.1°F, 2.1°F above the 20th century average, tying 2004 as the 20th warmest November on record. The autumn contiguous U.S. temperature of 54.7°F was the 21st warmest autumn, 1.1°F above average.
The November nationally averaged precipitation total of 1.19 inches was 0.93 inch below the long-term average and the eighth driest November on record. The autumn precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 5.71 inches, 1.0 inch below average.
The January–November period was the warmest first 11 months of any year on record for the contiguous United States, and for the entire year, 2012 will most likely surpass the current record (1998, 54.3°F) as the warmest year for the Nation.