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The first seven months of 2012 (January to July) were also the warmest of any on record since 1895

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists have found that July 2012 was the hottest month in the history of U.S. climate records.
The NOAA's National Climatic Data Center reported that the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during the month of July 2012 was 77.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about 3.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. This means that this was both the hottest July and hottest month in the history of U.S. climate record-keeping, which began in 1895. 
According to the report, the warm July temperatures occurred mainly throughout the Midwest, the Plains and the Eastern Seaboard. In July 2012, Virginia experienced its hottest July ever while seven states recorded the month as their second hottest July and another 32 states had it land in their top 10 hottest Julys. 
The last warmest July was July 1936, which experienced an average U.S. temperature of 77.4 degrees Fahrenheit. 
July 2012 affected agriculture poorly, with the contiguous U.S. average of precipitation at 2.57 inches, which is 0.19 inch below average. The May to July period was the second warmest in history and the 12th driest. 
The first seven months of 2012 (January to July) were the warmest of any on record since 1895. The national temperature was 56.4 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 4.3 degrees above the long-term average. The first seven months were ranked the 15th driest January-July period too.
The year to date (August 2011-July 2012) was the warmest year on record with the nationally averaged temperature at 56.1 degrees Fahrenheit (3.3 degrees above the long-term average). The last record was broken during the July 2011-June 2012 period. 

Source: Science Daily

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RE: *grabs popcorn
By kattanna on 8/9/2012 3:50:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, you're right, it was a cool July. The heat we felt was psychosomatic

actually for us here in los angeles, it has been a VERY cool summer until this week. We have had days of low 70's being the high of the day. its been unusually cool, and I'm not complaining.

RE: *grabs popcorn
By Spuke on 8/9/2012 4:42:59 PM , Rating: 2
We're normal up here in the high desert north of you. I think we tied a record or two last month. Definitely warmer overall than the last two years (a bit below normal) though.

RE: *grabs popcorn
By ShaolinSoccer on 8/10/2012 7:30:18 AM , Rating: 2
It's been cooler here in South Carolina, too. Compared to the rest of the country. *knocks on wood*

RE: *grabs popcorn
By BillyBatson on 8/13/2012 3:42:47 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I agree I'm in the san fernando valley and until this week it's the coolest summer I can remember and last year wasn't bad either. Growing up here 20 years ago it used to get hot by may now it's August.

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