(WBAP 24/7 News) - Had it not been for the blast of Arctic cold air North Texas received last week, 2012 would have gone down in the record books as the warmest year in Dallas-Fort Worth history.
Nevertheless, 2012 still tied 2006 as the warmest year, with the exact same mean temperature of 69.3 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
The year can still claim a No. 1 ranking for the highest average low temperature of 58.6 degrees, barely ahead of 1998 with a mark of 58.4 degrees.
October was the only month with below-normal temperatures. The summer had 34 100-degree days and it remained warm into December, with record high temperatures on Dec. 1, 2 and 19.
The high of 78 on Dec. 19 was followed by a low of 22 on Dec. 26, the year's lowest temperature.
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