This year is a lock to become the warmest year on record for the U.S.
The first 11 months of the year were more than 3 degrees above the 20th Century average. For 2012 not to be the warmest year on record, December would have to be the coldest ever, and that just isn’t happening.
So far this year, 18 states, including Nebraska, have seen record warmth.
Nebraska and Wyoming have been suffering from record dry conditions, too. Nationally, however, this has been the 12th driest year on record, at least through the end of November.
Source: World-Herald archives, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration