2012 was a year of extreme weather events, with record heat waves, significant drought across the Southern and Western States, and major wildfires. A map posted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) allows users to watch the events on the national map over the course of the year.
The map also allows user to look at a summary of extreme weather events at the state level.
According to the NRDC, in 2012 California experienced:
- Record-breaking heat in 15 counties
- Record-breaking snow in 5 counties
- Record-breaking precipitation in 18 counties
- 102 large wildfires
The website lets users see the specific records set (for example, the records for monthly highest maximum temperature below) and the previous record.
For those (like me) who like to know the source of the data, the map was based on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations’s National Climatic Data Center.