Pensacola had a record breaking year in 2012 in terms of warmth. The average temperature for the city was 70.7 degrees. This BREAKS the record of 70.0 degrees that previously reigned since 1974. So, that makes 2012 the warmest year on record for Pensacola...and records have been kept since 1850.
Mobile did not have a record "breaking" year in 2012 in terms of warmth, but it did make the TOP 10 list in 2012 for warmest years. The average temperature in Mobile for the year was 69.1 degrees. This tied with the year 1882 as the 9TH warmest year on record. According to the National Weather Service, the warmest year (since records were kept) for Mobile was in 1911 when the Port City had an average yearly temperature of 69.9 degrees.
The way a year's "average" temperature is calculated: Add up the high & low temp of a day....then divide that answer by 2 to get the average for the day. At the end of the year, add up all of the daily averages...then divide by 365 to get the "average" temperature for the entire year.
Meteorologist Deitra Tate