It’s official. July 2012 will go down not only as the hottest July on record, but as the hottest month ever recorded in U.S. history!
In a report titled “State of the Climate”, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the average temperature in the U.S. was 77.6 degrees, 3.3 degrees above the average 20th century temperature for July.
According to NOAA statistics, this July was the warmest since the summer of 1936. That’s when the average temperature in the U.S. was 77.4°F. That’s also when the Dust Bowl was destroying farms across the American Plains with horrendous weather conditions and disastrous drought.
This year, over half of the United States (63% according to NOAA) is in one form of another of drought.
To give the report a look over for yourself (it’s an interesting read with several graphics depicting the info) follow this link: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/