July Was Hottest Month Ever In U.S.

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- This probably comes as no surprise: Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the contiguous United States.
The average temperature for the Lower 48 last month was 77.6 degrees. That breaks the old record from July 1936, during the Dust Bowl, by two-tenths of a degree. Records go back to 1895.
Last month also was 3.3 degrees warmer than the 20th century average for July.
The first seven months of 2012 were the warmest on record for the nation. And August 2011 through July this year was the warmest 12-month period on record.
Climate scientist Jake Crouch of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., said the U.S. is getting a double whammy of both localized heat and drought along with effects of global warming.


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  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Aug 9, 2012 at 09:39 PM
    I bet it has never been that hot on this area of the world since the world was created.
  • by Mary Anne Location: Haslett on Aug 9, 2012 at 06:39 AM
    Your headline "July Was Hottest Month Ever in the US" is very misleading for those who would take it at face value. What you should have said is that July was the hottest month in the US since we started recording temps in 1895. Big difference with "July Was the Hottest Month Ever in the US" - really? since 1776? Please make that correction.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 06:30 AM
    This definitely disproves global climate change cause by humans. /sarcasm
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