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2012 3rd Warmest On Record

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2012 was the 3rd warmest year on record for the Quad Cities and was characterized by lack of rain and snow causing a severe drought.

According to the National Weather Service Quad Cities Office, the average temperature at the Quad City Airport in Moline was 53.6 degrees, which is 2.9 degrees warmer than normal. The year started out strangely, with a record high temperature of 56 degrees set on Jan. 11. It snowed 2-7 inches the next day.

Then in March, Dubuque and Moline set new records for the average temperature for the month with the help of an 80 degree day on March 16. It was also the earliest 80 degree day for Cedar Rapids and Dubuque and the 2nd earliest for Moline.

Things started drying out and by July, the drought set in. It was the second driest July in Dubuque and the 6th warmest in Dubuque and Moline. July was also the 7th driest in Moline.

Then, we tied another record for the most days without measurable snowfall before a snowstorm on Dec. 19.