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2012 Warmest Year on Record in U.S.

Last year was the hottest on record for the contiguous 48 states and the second-worst in terms of extreme weather events like tornadoes, wildfires and drought,  part of a trend that scientists see strengthening with climate change, according to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In its annual report, “State of the Climate,”  NOAA reported that the average annual temperature was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.3 degrees greater than the average temperature for the 20th century.

Chris Wolfe has the details.

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