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Regional weather normal for 2012 despite flooding, record temps

Jennifer Sprouse • Jan 7, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Despite having the most rain ever in one month and setting the record daily high for the Tri-Cities, 2012’s weather wasn’t too abnormal, according to two meteorologists.

Temperatures may have seemed a little bit warmer than usual, as the region did not experience much winter weather and what seemed like a blistering summer season.

Sam Roberts, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown said that normal temperatures are determined on a 30-year basis, with the most recent climate period being between 1981-2010.

“During that period (1981-2010), the average yearly temperature for the Tri-Cities area is 56 degrees. That’s averaging out the highs and the lows and everything, so that’s just average temperature,” he said. “This year, we finished the year at 2.3 degrees above that, so 58.3 degrees was our average temperature for 2012.”

And rainfall seemed to followed the average trend, not straying too far away from normal.

“The average rainfall for that 30-year period is 41.01 inches. This year we had 46.15 (inches), which puts us at a surplus of 5.14 (inches) ... above normal,” Roberts said.

He said that the 5.14 inches of surplus really does not make a huge impact, saying that “it was (a) pretty average year just based on rainfall totals it looks like.”

On June 30, Roberts said the Tri-Cites area broke an all-time highest temperature of 103 degrees. The coldest day in 2012 was on Jan. 4 at 13 degrees, which came nowhere close to the -21 degrees that was set on Jan. 21, 1985.

Senior meteorologist Alan Reppert with AccuWeather, said weather predictions for 2013 through the spring seem to appear pretty normal as well.

“With the rest of the winter, we’re looking at temperatures to drop down even below normal here for the end of January, beginning of February,” he said.

Reppert also said that more rain and snow is possible the first two months, but warmer than normal days are predicted in the April-May time frame. He said rainfall is also estimated to remain about average.

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