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Impact of 2012 summer heat

POSTED: 07:41 AM PDT Jul 12, 2012    UPDATED: 08:07 AM PDT Sep 18, 2012 

The first eight months of 2012 have been the hottest ever recorded in the continental U.S., according to the National Climatic Data Center. Check out some of the ways the extreme heat has affected the U.S.

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Utility bills have skyrocketed in the summer heat. In Iowa, utility companies are owed almost $23 million in unpaid power bills, according to Jerry McKim, director of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in Iowa.

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