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How Hot Was It? July Was Warmest Month On Record For U.S.

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
August 8, 2012

The all-red map tells the story.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

“The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during July was 77.6°F, 3.3°F above the 20th century average, marking the warmest July and all-time warmest month on record for the nation in a period of record that dates back to 1895. The previous warmest July for the nation was July 1936, when the average U.S. temperature was 77.4°F.”

Of course, the fact that it’s been really hot isn’t going to be a big surprise. Nor is the fact that much of the nation is gripped in an awful drought.

As NPR’s Christopher Joyce has reported, “among scientists, there’s a growing view that these latest heat waves are indeed a result of climate change.” [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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