Scientists: 2012 Hottest Year on Record By Landslide

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government meteorologists say 2012 was by far the hottest year on record in the United States.
The average temperature was off the charts at over 55 degrees. That's a full degree warmer than the previous record of 1998. Normally, temperature records are broken by about a tenth of a degree.
Scientists blame the heat on global warming and weather variations. That includes the drought that gripped almost two-thirds of the nation.
Last July was also the hottest month on record. The entire year was 3.2 degrees warmer than the average for the 20th century.
The tally was released Tuesday by the National Climatic Data Center.
U.S. temperature records go back to 1895. They're based on reports from more than 1,200 stations across the Lower 48 states.

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  • by whataboutme on Jan 29, 2013 at 07:39 PM
    obviously this study did not include alaska which had a record cold year in 2012.
  • by fossil fuel rules Location: Gods earth on Jan 20, 2013 at 05:19 PM
    Yeah kids, it's going to be 0 degrees out the next few nights and global warming is real, not a hoax that scientists with agenda's (like a paycheck from the government to study and promote the lie)are pushing down our throats (like Obamacare).
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 9, 2013 at 05:02 AM
    But remember kisd, there's no such thing as global warming! It's a scientific conspiracy! Meanwhile in Michigan, it's January and we have hardly any snow. Yep, totally normal.
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