Last 12 Months Warmest Ever

Is it hot in here, or is it just 2012? The last 12 months have seen the hottest average temperatures ever recorded, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. Last week’s heat wave across much of the country helped contribute to the record temperatures, and the last half of June broke or tied 170 all-time-high temperature records in cities across the lower 48 states. “Temperatures in South Carolina (113 degrees) and Georgia (112 degrees) are currently under review by the U.S. State Climate Extremes Committee as possible all-time statewide temperature records,” NOAA said.