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It’s a Cruel Summer but Maybe Not the Cruelest

Burke/Triolo Productions/Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you're old enough to remember when Harry Truman was president, you're probably all too aware that this has been one of the hottest summers of your life.

Whether it will make the top three hottest summers since 1950 won't be determined until we get through August and meteorologists have gathered all the data for the three months that make up the season.

While much of the country has been baking in above-average temperatures for most of June and July, a report that this month broke the all-time record set in 1936 is inaccurate, according to Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center.

In an email to LiveScience, Crouch said the interpretation of weather data used was incorrect.  However, he did acknowledge that this has been a warmer than usual July.

Yet, as much as people complain about high temps and the humidity, what hasn't happened is the expansion of the core of heat in the country's midsection to the rest of the U.S.  Heat waves haven't been sustained even after making it to the Northeast and parts of the Southeast.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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