January through April 2012: Warmest and Driest Since 1895

Preliminary data from the National Climatic Data Center indicate that the first four months of 2012 have been the warmest and driest such period since 1895 across Delaware.

2012-jantoapr-detemp_0.pngThe January through April 2012 mean temperature of 47.4 degrees Fahrenheit was more than five degrees above the 1981-2010 normal, making it the warmest beginning to the year since records began in 1895 (Figure 1).

2012-jantoapr-deprecip_0.pngThe statewide January thorough April precipitation average of 7.17” was more than seven inches below the 1981-2010 normal, making 2012 the driest beginning to the year since 1895 (Figure 2).

Although the final data may change the rankings slightly, it is clear that January through April 2012 has been unusually warm and dry across the First State.

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