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2012 among hottest years on record in Cleveland, Columbus

6:05 PM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
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It turns out 2012 was one of the hottest on record in several Ohio cities.

Thanks to an unusually warm spring followed by a hot summer, Cleveland and Columbus both had their highest average annual temperatures this past year.

Both cities broke records set in 1998. Columbus had an average temperature of 56 degrees in 2012. Toledo, Cincinnati and Dayton all fell short of breaking their records. But it was still among the five hottest years those cities have posted.

State climatologist Jeffrey Rogers says more and more evidence points to climate change for the spiking temperatures. He tells The Columbus Dispatch that the state has had decades of rising temperatures since the 1960s.

Here is a look back at 2012 across northern Ohio...

The year 2012 was warm and records for annual warmth were set over Northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania...

The average temperature in Akron-Canton was 53.7 degrees. This makes 2012 the warmest year on record and replaces the previous record of 53.5 degrees set in 1931.

The average temperature in Cleveland was 54 degrees. This makes 2012 the warmest year on record and replaces the previous record of 53.5 set in 1998.

The average temperature in Erie Pennsylvania was 53 degrees. This makes 2012 the second warmest year on record. The record is 53.1 set in 1998.

The average temperature in Mansfield was 52.9 degrees. This ties 2012 for the second warmest year on record. 1973 also had an average temperature of 52.9 degrees. The record is 53.4 set in 1921.

The average temperature in Toledo was 53 degrees. This makes 2012 the fourth warmest year on record. The record is 53.6 set in 1921.

The average temperature in Youngstown was 52.2 degrees. This makes 2012 the sixth warmest year on record. The record is 54.2 set in 1931.

Courtesy: National Weather Service/Cleveland

Associated Press

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