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2012 still tracking toward hottest year on record

Slight August cool down brings some relief to central U.S.

Hot summer in the West!

Hot in the West, normal in the central U.S. and cooler than average in parts of the Southeast.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — After a blistering July, temperatures nationwide eased in August, averaging to 74.4 degrees across the contiguous U.S. and ranking the month as the 16th warmest August on record. Combined with the hottest July ever recorded and above-average readings in June, The summer of 2012 will go down as the third-hottest since record-keeping began in 1895, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

August 2012 ranked as the 11th hottest on record, while just to the West, Utah recorded its second-hottest August, and Nevada its hottest on record. Continue reading

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