By now you've heard about the US temperature record in 2012. My favorite graph:
Meanwhile, Down Under it's been so hot, they are adding new colors to the maps.
Australia's "dome of heat" has become so intense that the temperatures are rising off the charts – literally.
"The air mass over the inland is still heating up - it hasn't peaked"The Bureau of Meteorology's interactive weather forecasting chart has added new colours – deep purple and pink – to extend its previous temperature range that had been capped at 50 degrees.
It's hard to believe after all the stories Dad told about '34 and '36, I've been through two hotter years. Of course, a brutal heat wave in July is one thing - 80's in March and December is quite another.