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Reuters News Service reported that this summer is the hottest since the "Dust Bowl" of the 1930s according to U.S. government weather experts. Drought conditions struck nearly half the country. The Natioinal Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported the average temperature for the contiguous United States from June through August was 73.9oF (23.3oC). That would be the third hottest since they began collecting data in 1895. The only warmer summers were 1936 and 1934.
Scientists at NOAA reported that the severity of temperatures and drought in the 1930s was likely surpassed only in the 1570s and the 1580s.