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2013 Begins Warm and Dry Across Delaware

Following the overall pattern of 2012, the new-year began with above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation across Delaware.

2012 is Warmest Year on Record for Delaware Since 1895

Delaware saw its warmest year on record during 2012 and was accompanied by very dry conditions across the state.

Summer 2012: 3rd Warmest Summer in the Last 118 Years

The June through August 2012 mean temperature of 76.9 degrees Fahrenheit was nearly three degrees above the 1895-2012 average. In fact, the last three summer seasons have ranked as the three warmest summers since records began, with 2010 being the warmest, 2011 the second warmest and this year the third warmest on record.

First six months of 2012 warmest and driest in Last 118 Years

Preliminary data from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) indicates that the first six months of 2012 were the warmest and driest January through June period across Delaware since records began in 1895.

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