Last year hottest yet in US since record keeping began in 1895; drought, mild winter factors

  • Article by: SETH BORENSTEIN , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 8, 2013 - 9:33 PM

A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual U.S. temperature last year up to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit. That's a full degree warmer than the old record set in 1998, an unprecedented jump.

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