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U.S. experiences hottest 12-month stretch

WASHINGTON, June 8 — The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Thursday that the United States has experienced the warmest 12-month stretch on record.

NOAA's records dating back over a century showed the country has had its warmest spring and warmest year to date, with temperatures during the March-May 2012 period in the contiguous United States far above average.

"The spring season's (March-May) nationally averaged temperature was 57.1 F, 5.2 F above the 1901-2000 long-term average, surpassing the previous warmest spring (1910) by 2 F," NOAA reported.

NOAA, citing temperature data back to the late 1800s, also reported that the first five months of 2012 were the warmest on record, and the June 2011-May 2012 period was the warmest 12-month period of any 12 months on record for the contiguous United States. The nationally averaged temperature of 56 F was 3.2 F above the long-term average, surpassing the previous warmest 12-month period set last month by 0.4 F.

The 12-month period also encapsulated the second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter, and the warmest spring on record. (PNA/Xinhua) DCT/ebp

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