July was three degrees higher than the century average

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Americans should be getting used to hearing this by now, but we’re coming off the hottest month ever recorded in the history of the United States. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the month of July was the hottest ever recorded going all the back to 1895.

The average temperature for that month was 77.6 degrees – more than three degrees higher than the century average. At the same time, 63% of the nation is mired in an historic drought that’s threatening not only our nation’s food supply, but the rest of the world’s too. Stay tuned, this is just the beginning of climate change-induced global “weirding.”

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Dear NOAA and Seth, which 1930′s were you comparing to when you say July 2012 is the record warmest?

July 2012 Hottest Ever in the U.S.? Hmmm….I Doubt It

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It is global "weirding" indeed. This July was actually cooler than usual here in southern California, but the weather here seems to be getting more tropical in nature. We even had a full blown rainstorm and a lot of cloudy or partly cloudy days, which used to be rare during the summertime here. I have noticed this trend toward more humid weather during the warmer months for the past several years around here. At this time, however, we are in the midst of a heat wave, with an entire week of 105-110 degree weather, which is really hard on the new plants we bought. Even now, the weather is unusually humid here, which makes it quite uncomfortable.

We are also experiencing drought since we didn't have as much rain as usual last winter.

Perhaps this year's widespread drought is a sign of things to come, or maybe we will have more tropical and subtropical rainstorms? It's hard to predict, but we are definitely mucking things up.

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Its true, this July beat the previous record of 77.4 F set in 1936. 0.2 F warmer than it was 76 years ago !!!

Corn prices are going through the roof- yet the corn harvest is weeks away at the soonest- what's with that? They still have last year's corn that they are selling.

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