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It's official! Summer of 2014 was hottest on record
It's official! Summer of 2014 was hottest on record

If the summer of 2014 felt unusually warm to you, you were right -- at least on a global level. From June through August of 2014, the average temperature of our planet was 62.78 degrees Fahrenheit -- 1.28 degrees higher than the 20th century average, according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  That makes it the warmest summer since record keeping began in 1880. NOAA notes that the oceans contributed more to the warming trend than land temperatures this year. The global ocean surface temperature was 1.13 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, and the highest on record for the three-month period. The global land surface temperature...

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