July the hottest on record- topping dust bowl years – Huffington Post

I’m beginning to really enjoy the coverage at the Huffington Post. Ariana Huffington’s private newspaper puts key environmental issues, along with other topics, right on the front page and essentially shouts, “Get Something Done!” to the powers that be.

July 2012 was officially not only the warmest July on record, but also the warmest month ever recorded for the lower 48 states, according to a report released Wednesday by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center. The average temperature for the month came in at 77.6°F overall, which is 3.3°F higher than the 20th-century average, and 0.2°F warmer than the previous hottest month on record, which was July 1936, way back in the Dust Bowl era.


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