January to June 2012 was the warmest period on record for the United States, this according to preliminary data published by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) on Monday, July 9, 2012.
The data published covers both temperatures and precipitation and spans 118 years, from 1895 to 2012.
On a state-by-state basis, Ohio and 27 other states recorded their warmest January to June periods on record. An additional 10 states recorded their 2nd warmest January to June periods on record.
Along with the warmth, it's been dry as well. According to NCDC, January to June 2012 ranks as the 16th driest on record for the United States.
On a state-by-state basis, 42 of 48 states were near normal or below normal in terms of precipitation. For Ohio, over the January to June period, the state ranked as the 10th driest on record.