Top news stories, moments, movies, gadgets, search terms... January is the month to categorically recap the previous year, all of the highs and lows, the breakthroughs and absurdities. In regard to the latter, I came across an interesting 2012 review, this one on Oklahoma weather. Compiled by the National Weather Service in Norman, it examines the significant weather events we've endured these last 12 months. Among the things that stood out to me:
- OKC set 28 daily/monthly temperature records.
- OKC set 4 daily/monthly precipitation records.
- We tied our all-time record high of 113°F on August 3rd. We also set the all-time record warm low that day of 84°F.
- The state saw 62 tornadoes, and the most active month was April, at 52 an Oklahoma record.
- July and August featured OKC's 3rd longest streak of triple digit heat.
- October was the only month with below average temperatures.
- 2012 marked the driest May through November period on record. Severe drought conditions remain in Oklahoma City, with many areas of the state still in extreme or exceptional drought.
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