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Weather report: America sweats the hottest 12 months in recorded history

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Hot enough for you, America? According to a new study, the answer is a resounding (and somewhat unsettling) yes.

As reported by Treehugger, the latest State of Climate overview from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that the twelve months from May 2011 through April 2012 were the hottest in American recorded history, dating back to the late 1800s (1895 to be exact, according to the Washington Post).

While western states like California and Nevada experienced higher than average temperatures, 22 other states (mostly in the Midwest and the northeastern seaboard) saw record-breaking high temperatures. The average temperature for the lower 48 states during that time was 55.7°F, a full 2.8°F higher than the 20th century average. Only Washington and Oregon saw near-normal heat over that time period. All other states ranged from “above normal” to “record warmest.”

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