It's Not Just You: 2012 Is Hottest Year Yet
But only our 3rd-hottest summer on record
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2012 7:50 AM CDT
The ground is cracked at the edge of an irrigated corn field near England, Ark., Friday, July 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

(Newser) – If you've lately found yourself often saying, "Wow, it's really hot!"—you ain't kidding. The National Climatic Data Center reports that 2012 is officially the hottest year on record so far for the US. This summer was only the third-hottest on record, CNN reports, but consider that we'd already lived through the hottest spring and the hottest July on record. On average, temperatures around the country are 4 degrees Fahrenheit above average this year. (Click to find out which US location has the dubious honor of posting the hottest temperature ever recorded, a balmy 134 degrees.)

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energylifedesign
Sep 18, 2012 5:33 PM CDT
I hope it heats up even more because it's still cold in San Francisco. OOOh if it heats up more middle amerikkka will die off. Well played polluters, well played.
Bulls-Eye
Sep 18, 2012 12:43 PM CDT
Based upon less than 100 years of accurate record keeping. That's a small part of a fraction of a blip in earth terms. This warmup may mean something, or it may not. It was probably warmer in the 1930's. Most weather tracking is done from metro areas, which are known to be heat islands. The metro affect would be far greater today than in 1930-something.
04052063
Sep 18, 2012 10:35 AM CDT
These hot temperatures are just a liberal conspiracy you guys! Climate change is SOOOOO not happening!