December was the third warmest in the Thunder Bay record. It reinforced that 2012 was easily the warmest year in the long term record. For statistical people, last year was about a 3-sigma event, highly unlikely to have happened by chance.
I saw a report that claimed that NASA identified 2012 as a “cool year” for the world. This seemed highly unlikely because NASA scientists at least two months ago had identified 2012 as the ninth warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures.