The United States of America set an off-the-charts heat record in 2012. Nineteen states set yearly heat records in 2012. U.S. temperature records go back to 1895 and the yearly average is based on reports from more than 1,200 weather stations across the Lower 48 states. “A picture is emerging of a world with more extreme heat,” said Andrew Dessler, a Texas A&M University climate scientist.

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