US Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set in June 2012
According to the National Climactic Data Center, the United States saw 2,284 record breaking temperatures in June. Another 998 temperatures tied daily records.
The National Climatic Data Center contains the world’s largest active archive of weather data, and has a handy interactive map that lets you see the record highs, lows, precipitation, and snowfall for various parts of the United States. In playing around with this application, NPR noted that so far this year has been heavier on the record highs than last year; 2012 so far has seen 23,283 record highs set while by this time in 2011, 13,582 records had been set. Head over the NPR for more weather record insights.
All of which makes this guy’s forecast particularly insightful.
Bonus: the National Climatic Data Center offers its data up in tab-delimited and XML formats.
Image: The NCDC maps record breaking temperatures across the country (edit: detail, of course, sorry Alaska and Hawaii).
And lest you think that records like these just “happen”, there’s been a 10:1 ratio of record highs to lows this year. Something’s way out of whack.