NOAA: 2012 record warmest January-June for lower 48 states
The Weather Channel:The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports the first half of 2012 was the record warmest for the Lower 48 States, in records dating to 1895.
Twenty-eight states had a record warm first six months of the year, and another 15 states had a top 10 warmest January-June. Only Washington state recorded a cooler-than-average first half.
Photo:States shaded in dark red set their record warmest January-June period in 2012, and states in darker orange had a top 10 warmest January-June. Numbers indicate January-June yearly rankings. For example, 118 means warmest January-June on record, while 1 signifies record coldest such period. (NCDC/NESDIS/NOAA)