U.S. 2012 Weather The Warmest, Most Extreme On Record

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The U.S. has seen its warmest and most extreme weather on record so far this year through April, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday.

The average temperature this year has been 45.4 degrees, up 5.4 degrees from the long-term average.

From May 2011 to April 2012, the U.S. had its second hottest summer, fourth warmest winter and warmest March on record, according to the NOAA. The time frame was also the warmest consecutive 12-month period for the country.

Additionally, the U.S. Climate Extreme Index — a measurement that tracks the highest and lowest 10 percent of extremes in temperature, precipitation, drought and tropical cyclones — was twice the average, a record 42 percent during the January-April period.

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