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NOAA data shows 2016 was the second-hottest year ever in the United Statesby Mike Denison
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2016 was the second-hottest year in the history of the United States, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report released Monday.

The average U.S. temperature was 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.9 degrees above average. It's the 20th year in a row that temperatures beat the average, and every state had higher-than-average temperatures in 2016. 2012 was the hottest year on average by about 0.4 degrees.

NOAA broke it down in map form.

2016 boasted 15 weather disasters, defined as weather events that dealt $1 billion or more in damage. Only 2011 had more (16). 

On the bright side, 2016 also saw a relatively small amount of land affected by drought.

Many months in 2016 registered as the hottest in recorded history. NASA said in October that last year was nearly guaranteed to be the world's hottest on record.

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