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Summer of 2012 likely to be one of the warmest ever

Lack of soil moisture exacerbates heat waves

It’s been a hot spring and summer so far across much of the U.S.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The summer of 2012 is on pace to become the third-hottest on record since 1950, and could surge into first or second place, according to recent analysis by AccuWeather, Inc.

The private forecasting company is scrutinizing hourly and daily temperatures in 59 key cities to calculate the number of cooling-degree days, which is one way to measure summer heat across the country.

“The summer of 2012 is on pace to finish third hottest on the list of 62 summers since 1950, but is still in the running for number two or one on the list,” said Steven Root, a consulting meteorologist with AccuWeather partner WeatherBank, Inc.

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