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  (Source: NOAA)
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 Uncle on 8/10/2012 8:43:26 PM , Rating: 2
Had to jump in. Any updated info of the Dirty Thirties. Some say anywhere from 6 to 10 yrs depending where you lived. They were keeping records then so what were some of those numbers in comparisons vs today. Personally, were just going through a cycle. I read some where that their was another heat wave in the 16 or 17 century hotter then now and their was no Industrial revolution at the time so co2 is out of the question. I believe most of this is fear mongering to benefit certain segments of industry. Were the only province in Canada paying 6.7% carbon tax on gasoline. Hows that for a gimmick, much easier to con the people then say were going to raise your income tax. Every time our provincial government says their lowering our income tax, recycling tax, environment tax , etc, goes up more then the drop in income tax. Our population just seems to swallows it whole.


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