In addition to having extreme weather events, 2012 is on pace to be the hottest year ever, according to the National Weather Service. That has made it tougher for retailers to buy and market product.
Average temp from Jan.-Nov. 2012 for contiguous U.S.
States that saw record warmth in first 11 months of this year
Inches in average precipitation in 2012 — 3.08 inches below normal
The last record year, average 54.3 degrees