|Whew, 2012 was dry and hot|
|Written by Chris Lee|
2012 proved to be a dry one—really, really dry.
Official weather observer Dan Kafka recorded 10.34 inches of precipitation for 2012. This was down nearly nine inches from 19.55 inches recorded in 2011. Farmers in the area know how dry it was in 2012 as dryland crops took a beating and irrigated farmers found themselves pumping a lot more water than in past years.
2012 did see an increase in snowfall, as 33.8 inches fell compared to the 25.5 in 2011. February saw the most snowfall with 13.9 inches falling. December also experienced double-digit snowfall with 10.9 inches.
July proved to be the wettest month of the year with 2.56 inches of precipitation. Although it was the wettest in 2012, it was still dry, as 2011 saw nearly six inches fall in May, 1.48 in June and 2.5 in July.
Another increase in 2012 was the high temperatures. Twenty-four times during the 2012 summer, the temperature rose above 100 degrees. The highest observed temperature was 110 on June 27.
2011 saw the mercury rise above 100 just eight times, 2010 had only one, 2009 zero and 2008 four. This just goes to show how hot 2012 really was.
The coldest temperature recorded in 2012 was minus 11 degrees the day after Christmas, Dec. 26. Many were excited for the white Christmas, but blistery cold temperatures kept people inside with family and friends during the Christmas holiday.
The average high for 2012 was 69 degrees while the low was 35.
Holyoke Enterprise January 3, 2013