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New map details record-breaking weather
By Insure.com staff

A new extreme weather map from the National Resources Defense Council shows a state-by-state tally of all the record-breaking weather of 2012.

Last year, 3,527 monthly weather records were broken for heat, rain and snow across the country, according to the National Climactic Data Center, even more than the 3,251 records broken in 2011.

The interactive map lets users see state data and drill down to details about records broken in particular communities and counties.

Last year was the warmest year ever recorded in the United States, and the summer of 2012 was the worst drought years across the nation's breadbasket, with 1,300 counties in 29 states declared drought disaster areas. July was the hottest single month ever recorded in the lower 48 states, and March 2012 was the hottest March on record for the contiguous U.S.

Wildfires burned over 9.2 million acres, and Hurricane Sandy's storm surge height of 13.88 feet broke the record in New York Harbor.

The National Resources Defense Council created the map to highlight the dangers of climate change. It's calling for limits on carbon pollution.

The insurance industry is closely watching severe weather trends to prepare for losses from wildfires, floods and storms.

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