The National Weather Service in Chanhassen says 2012 was a warm one in the Twin Cities: Only one other year in the climate data reflected weather as warm as last year.
2012 finished with an average temperature of 50.8 degrees for the metro area, according to Tony Zaleski a forecaster with the weather service office and says. That ties the average temperature set for the year set back in 1931.
Four of the top five years for average temperature in the Twin Cities have occurred since 1987. Other years include 1998 and 2006.
St. Cloud also recorded its second warmest year on record.
The National Weather Service office in LaCrosse says Rochester recorded its warmest year on record, with an average temperature of 50.2 degrees.
The Duluth office of the National Weather Service said it was the third warmest year on record in that city and in International Falls.
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