2012 Was Hottest Recorded Year in the U.S.

It seems that 2012 was the hottest year ever recorded in the U.S. Not only did it beat the previous record of , it beat it by a whole degree in temperature at 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 12.94 Celsius. 2012 was also a lot drier than average.
The year was 15th driest year on record, it said. At the peak of the heat in July 2012, 61 percent of the country was in drought, NOAA said, including the nation's breadbasket of the Midwest, as well as the Southwest and Mountain West, where wildfires charred 9.2 million acres.
Worrying, indeed. I guess the predictions in August turned out to be correct.

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