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California Drought Intensifies

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California Drought Intensifies

The relentless heat that has plagued the western half of the country this summer has ratcheted up California’s terrible drought once again.

Hottest Days of Summer

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Hottest Days of Summer

The hottest time of year in the continental U.S. statistically comes in mid-July, but the timing of peak heat varies across different parts of the country.

Summer Temperature Trends

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Summer Temperature Trends

For most of the nation, summer weather has been changing in ways climate scientists say are consistent with what they’d expect in a warming world.

Forecast Temperature Changes by 2100

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Forecast Temperature Changes by 2100

A look at how U.S. temperatures are projected to change, according to the Third National Climate Assessment released May 6, 2014.

Record Highs vs. Record Lows

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Record Highs vs. Record Lows

Record highs have outpaced record lows by a bigger margin each decade since the 1960s.

Annual Number of Big Wildfires is on the Rise

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Annual Number of Big Wildfires is on the Rise

The number of big fires has shot up since 1970, with the largest number occurring during the years with the highest temperatures.

It’s Official: 2012 is Hottest U.S. Year on Record

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It’s Official: 2012 is Hottest U.S. Year on Record

A snapshot of how 2012 stacks up against the five other warmest years ever recorded in the U.S.

Top 10 Weather and Climate Events of 2012

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Top 10 Weather and Climate Events of 2012

From Hurricane Sandy to record heat, here is our list of the top 10 extreme weather and climate events of 2012.