U.S. Lower 48 Hottest Ever? NOAA claims ‘first six months of 2012 warmest January-through-June period on record for the contiguous U.S.’
Analysis: 'You know how big the contiguous U.S. is? Its area is just 1.5% of the planet's surface. Brazil is bigger...every single month of 1998 was warmer than that same month in 2012 so far'