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So Far, 2012 Hottest Year on Record

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: September 10, 2012 Last Updated: September 11, 2012
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The first eight months of this year are so far the hottest on record in the 48 lower states, said a report from the U.S. National Climate Data Center Monday.

It was also the third hottest summer on record since recordkeeping began in 1895, the agency said.

“The January-August period was the warmest first eight months of any year on record for the contiguous United States,” the center said. The average national temperature of 58.7 degrees Fahrenheit was 4 degrees above the average temperature throughout the 20th century.

The previous hottest January-August period was in 2006, but 2012’s temperatures were 1 degree Fahrenheit above the average six years ago, the report sad.

The eight-month span also doubled as the 14th driest period in the contiguous United States, researchers said.

The center did not specify if human-caused climate change was the reason for the high average temperatures. Climate scientists blame the elevation in temperatures on man-made phenomenon.

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