Climatologists: 2012 ties 1931 as warmest year on record for metro

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Climatologists with the University of Minnesota say above-average temperatures for every month in 2012 except October contributed to a tie with 1931 as the warmest year on record in the Twin Cities, the Pioneer Press reports.

The average temperature for 2012 and 1931 was 50.0 degrees.

By contrast, the average temperature for a 30-year period between 1981 and 2010 was 46.3 degrees, the climatologists' report said. Records for temperature data for the state dates back to 1873.

The report, prepared by the U of M's State Climatology Office, noted that the average temperature would vary from warmest to third warmest depending the location around the region -- so it wasn't a record year for every part of the state.

The highest temperatures of the year in the metro came during the Fourth of July holiday week, peaking at the 102-degree mark July 6. The coldest day of the year in the Twin Cities was -11 degrees on Jan. 19.

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