2012: A Year For the Record Books January 12, 2013 : 7:33 PM

As most of you probably know, 2012 has been the warmest calendar year on record for the continental U.S. according to NCDC data going back to 1895. The final actual average temperature for the year has yet to be tallied but as of Dec. 1st stood at 57.06°F (13.92°C), well above the previous record for the same time period (first 11 months of the year) of 56.05°F (13.36°C) set in 1934. What was truly astonishing, however, was the ratio of heat records versus cold records that was established over the course of the year: 362 all-time record high temps, zero record lows. Read more at Weather Underground.