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Wild Weather: U.S. Hit by ‘Most Unusual Year’ for Temperatures

A car sits in dried and cracked earth of what was the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir on Jan. 28, 2014 in San Jose, Calif.
A car sits in dried and cracked earth of what was the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir on Jan. 28, 2014 in San Jose, Calif. Justin Sullivan—Getty Images

"This is the most unusual year on record"

If you haven’t seen anything like this year’s weather, well, neither has anyone else.

This year is on track to set a temperature record that climate researchers say is unique since the first time stats were taken in 1900.

A typical year in the U.S. would see near-average temperatures or a spike in either extremely cold or extremely warm temperatures. But this is the first year in which both cold and warm temperatures have ranged far outside the norms, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

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