UPDATE: Gareth has hot topic about the longer lowdown on the heatwave down under with lots of links
It is so hot in Australia that the weather bureau has had to add a new color to its forecast map
Therefore, from this data, the Average Annual Temperature for the Contiguous United States for 2012 is 55.25°FNote also the value from the CRN from July 2012, 75.6°F far lower than what NCDC reported in the SOTC of 77.6°F and later in the database of 76.93°F as discussed here.
Makes you wonder why NCDC never mentions their new state of the art, well sited climate monitoring network in those press releases, doesn’t it? The CRN has been fully operational since late 2008, and we never here a peep about it in SOTC. Maybe they don’t wish to report adverse results.Turns out that NOAA really does not like Tony. Today the NOAA National Climate Data Center had an announcement about the surface temperature for the continental US (excludes Hawaii and Alaska)
The U.S. weather-tracking agency had said after a warmer-than-usual November that 2012 was virtually certain to be a year of record high U.S. temperatures. On Tuesday, it pegged last year's average temperature at 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.2 degrees above the 20th century's average and 1½ degrees above the average in 2011.Tom Karl really did have a better trick