1990 edges 2012 as hottest year on record

jholleman@thestate.comJanuary 1, 2013 

Which was hotter – 1990 or 2012?

“Goodfellas” or “The Hunger Games”?

Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 You” or Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”?

Ken Hatfield’s 10-2 Clemson Tigers or Steve Spurrier’s 10-2 USC Gamecocks?

When it comes to weather in Columbia, it’s technically a tie. Both 1990 and 2012 ended with average daily temperatures of 66.5 degrees.

If you go another decimal or two, however, 1990 has the edge.

As of 1 p.m. Monday, it was 66.5329 for 1990 and 66.4932 for 2012, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

Here are the top 10 hottest years in Columbia, along with the average daily high, with records going back to 1887: • 1990: 66.5

• 2012: 66.5

• 1933: 66

• 2011: 65.9

• 1939: 65.7

• 1998: 65.6

• 1974: 65.5

• 1921: 65.5

• 1946: 65.4

• 1949: 65.3

• 2007: 65.3

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