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2012 warmest on record for US

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2012 marked the warmest year on record for the United States and was also the second most extreme ever, the US government agency charged with monitoring weather events said. 

An American flag hangs from tree limbs with other debris after a tornado touched down on February 29, 2012 in Harrisburg, Illinois. 2012 marked the warmest year on record for the United States and was also the second most extreme weather year yet recorded, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday.

The hot weather contributed to a record drought which, at its peak, parched 61 percent of the nation, destroyed crops worth billions and slowed shipping on the mighty Mississippi River as water levels reached historic lows.

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