The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a report January 8, 2013, describing 2012 as the warmest year on record in the United States. Nationwide, the average temperature in 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 1 degree higher than the previous record-warm year in 1998. The year 2012 also shared with 1998 the distinction of being one of the two most extreme weather years, considering temperature, precipitation and tropical cyclones making landfall. According to NOAA, the weather in 1998 was more extreme than in 2012.