Yogi Berra is probably more famous for some of his interesting quotes then he is for his baseball career. Perhaps the most well-known is “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over”. That is not only true in baseball, but also in weather and last year was a good example of that.
In the middle of December the year 2012 was running 0.8 degrees warmer than any other year since 1881. With such a strong lead it appeared that last year was guaranteed of ending up as the warmest year on record, in fact, I wrote a couple of previous blogs stating just that.
But the last half of December was cold enough, especially the last several days, that in the end, 2012 finished less than one-tenth of a degree cooler than the record. Rounded to the nearest tenth of a degree, the average temperature last year was 46.3 degrees, which did not tie nor beat the record of 46.4 degrees set in 1987.
The current average yearly temperature is 42.4 degrees