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Whew, brrr: 2012 was a year of records high, low

– Look through the record books for Fort Wayne weather in a few years, and you’ll see plenty of “set in 2012.”

In fact, for high temperatures, one out of every 20 days of the year now has a record set in 2012: Twenty-one times the high temperature for the day was broken last year, according to the National Weather Service.

Even our low temperatures were warm. Four times, we broke the record for having the highest low temp for that day.

Fort Wayne also broke monthly records in March, May and June.

June, of course, also saw our run at the granddaddy of ’em all. We tied the all-time record-high temperature – reached only three other times: 1934, 1936, 1988 – when the city broiled at 106 degrees.

We didn’t break that mark but settled for records for consecutive days of 100-plus degrees (four), consecutive days of 90-plus degrees (21) and consecutive days of 80-plus degrees (56).

You could sweat just reading that.

Of course, all that heat came with a drought, and thousands of people got to experience it without air conditioning for days on end after windstorms lashed the area.

How hot was it? National Weather Service meteorologist Nathan Marsili said 2012 in Fort Wayne was the second-warmest year on record.

But it occasionally was cold, too.

We had the lowest April 27 temperature ever, when it was a mere 28 degrees, and 28 was the magic number for Oct. 8, too, tying the record set in 1952.

December 2012 was warm overall – the sixth warmest on record, Marsili said – and it looked as if we would be well behind on snowfall, sitting at 5 inches below normal through Dec. 25. But the post-Christmas storms put us at 9.0 inches for the month, a half-inch above average.

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at a glance

The National Weather Service said Fort Wayne broke or tied many records this year. Among them:
•21 daily high temperature readings
•4 daily maximum low temperature
•3 monthly high temperatures
•Consecutive days, 100-plus degrees
•Consecutive days, 90-plus degrees
•Consecutive days, 80-plus degrees

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