2012 a scorcher, but no record setter

2012 has certainly been a brutally hot summer for much of the U.S. But was it a record setter, and was it related to global warming? No on both counts, according to the World Climate Report which analyzed a comprehensive study of all-time temperature records and found only two new statewide records were set this year. Indeed, 1936 still holds the mercury raising crown by a huge margin with 12 statewide records set that year alone. Even more surprising is that despite increased urbanization which naturally drives up temps, only one all-time state record comes from a city, Providence, Rhode Island in 1975. So apparently, global warming theories get no boost from the hot summer of 2012.

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