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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published January 02 2013

Weather Talk: ‘It ain’t over till it’s over’ isn’t just true in sports

Yogi Berra is probably more famous for some of his interesting quotes then he is for his baseball career. Perhaps the most well-known is “it ain’t over till it’s over.” That is not only true in baseball but also in weather, and last year was a good example of that.

In the middle of December, the year 2012 was running 0.8 degrees warmer than any other year since 1881. With such a strong lead, it appeared that last year was guaranteed to end up as the warmest year on record. In fact, I wrote a couple of previous weather talks stating just that. But the last half of December was cold enough, especially the last several days, that in the end, 2012 finished less than one-tenth of a degree cooler than the record. Rounded to the nearest tenth of a degree, the average temperature last year was 46.3 degrees, which did not tie nor beat the record of 46.4 degrees set in 1987.

The current average yearly temperature is 42.4 degrees.

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