It's not exactly this
yet, and we can be thankful it's not the other thing
that 2012 was the hottest year on record in the US - or the continental US, anyway, presumably because Hawaii can't get any hotter - giving the country an average temperature of 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit. This is over 3 degrees warmer than the average for the 20th century, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
The NOAA data reveals that nearly every state saw higher than average temperatures last year, with a handful even setting records of their own.
"We're taking quite a large step," said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist with the NOAA. He explains
the reason for the warmer season(s) for those with an interest in weather patterns, at least at a level beyond that required for small talk:
"During the winter season, the jet stream tended to stay further north of the U.S.-Canadian border, so that limited colder outbreaks in the country; it also limited precipitation, leading to a warm and dry winter season, and that persisted through the spring."
Via CNN and NBC