USDA Meteorologist: 2012 Warmest U.S. Year Ever

| January 11, 2013 | 9:13 am
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This past year was the warmest on record in the continental United States. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey recently spoke about what caused it, and what to expect this year; he says in 2012, the lower 48 states had an average temperature of 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Rippey also says 2012 was an extremely dry year.

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Rippey adds that 2012 is part of a recent trend for warm temperatures.

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According to Rippey, feedback from the drought was a major reason for the last year’s high temperatures.

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Rippey adds without the presence of La Nina 2013 should be less severe, but there are concerns.

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