National Overview - October 2012
Divisional Temperature Departures
The maps below show where October 2012 (top) and year-to-date (bottom) temperatures were
different from the 1981-2010 average across the contiguous United States. Shades of red indicate
temperatures up to 5° Fahrenheit warmer than average, and shades of blue indicate temperatures
up to 3° Fahrenheit cooler than average—the darker the color, the larger the difference from average
As the shades of blue on the upper map indicate, below-average temperatures stretched from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico during October, with 19 states having monthly temperatures below their 20th-century averages. The Southwest and the Northeast were the only two areas of the country with above-average temperatures. Even with the near-average October temperature, the January-through-October period of 2012 (lower map) is still the warmest first ten months of any year on record for the contiguous United States. During this period, 21 states were record warm and an additional 25 states had year-to-date temperatures among their ten warmest. Only Washington had a statewide temperature near average for the period.