2012 was a record-melting sizzler, the hottest year on record in the continental United States:
55.3 — Average temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, across the continental U.S. in 2012. That’s a full degree Fahrenheit higher than the previous record set in 1998, and is 3.3 degrees above the 20th century average.
34,008 — Daily high records set at weather stations across the country in 2012
100 — Percent of the 10 warmest years on record that have occurred over the last 15 years
7 — Percentage of the U.S. that experienced an all-time hottest day ever last year
61 — Percentage of the nation plagued by drought in 2012, which obliterated corn and soybean crops and sent prices sky high