2012 may break Twin Cities record for warmest year

Publish date:

As November winds down, climatologists say 2012 has a chance to enter the annals of Twin Cities history as the warmest year on record. An assistant state climatologist tells the Pioneer Press that 1931's status at the top of the thermometer could be threatened. Breaking the record would take a December about four degrees warmer than normal. So far this year every month except for October has seen temperatures above normal.

The folks at Climate Stations put together a graph comparing this year's temperatures to those dusty 1931 numbers and to the long-term average. They've got links to lots of other current and historic Twin Cities weather data at their home page.

The prospect of a record-warm year is not exactly surprising, given some of the seasonal records that have already been surpassed. Those include the warmest summer in Duluth's recorded history. And the warmest spring in the Twin Cities.

And is heat good for cheese? Because Wisconsin is also warming up to the idea of penciling in 2012 as the hottest year on record.

Next Up


Summer in Twin Cities 3rd warmest on record

The National Weather Service said Friday that the meteorological summer months of June, July and August in Minneapolis and St. Paul were the third warmest on record. During the period, the average temperature in the Twin Cities was 74.8 degrees, 3.5 degrees above average. Only the summers of 1988 and 1933 were warmer in the metro.

Twin Cities had warmest spring ever

It's official: This spring was the warmest on record in the Twin Cities, and it was the second-wettest, too. Temperatures during the meteorological spring -- defined as March through May -- averaged 54 degrees at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the highest since modern record-keeping began in 1873.

Twin Cities temp Friday breaks record high

Friday's temperature of 93 degrees measured at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport broke the record high of 91 degrees, set on this date in 1911. Friday also marked the hottest day in the Twin Cities since Sept. 12 of last year, and it looks like another hot day is in store for Minnesotans on Saturday.

It was the second hottest July on record in the Twin Cities

With an average temperature just under 90 degrees, this year's July was warmer than any other on record in the Twin Cities except for 1936. Perhaps more impressively, it was the only month on record in which the temperature reached 80 or more every day.