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This Summer Was Hottest Since Dust Bowl

September 16, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

The continental U.S. endured the hottest summer this year since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and the second-warmest since recordkeeping began more than a century ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

A July heat wave that set more than 2,300 daily records across the nation and 50 all-time records contributed to an average temperature between June and August of 74.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

That's just shy of the 1936 record of 74.7 degrees and well above the 20th century average of 72.1 degrees.

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