Gallery: 2012 Was the Hottest Year Ever for the Contiguous United State...


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It’s official: Last year was the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States. The National Climate Data Center announced today that the average temperature last year obliterated the previous record, which was set in 1998, by a full 1.0°F. Temps were above normal for every single month in the 16-month span between June 2011 and September 2012. Scientists have noted that although natural variability probably had a hand in last year’s record temperatures, signs point to global warming caused by humans as the main reason for the unprecedented heat.

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