July average tops U.S. temperature record, NOAA says
August 8th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

July average tops U.S. temperature record, NOAA says

The July heat wave that wilted crops, shriveled rivers and fueled wildfires officially went into the books Wednesday as the hottest single month on record for the continental United States.

The average temperature across the Lower 48 was 77.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.3 degrees above the 20th-century average, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported. That edged out the previous high mark, set in 1936, by two-tenths of a degree, NOAA said.

U.S. forecasters started keeping records in 1895. The seven months of 2012 to date are the warmest of any year on record and were drier than average as well, NOAA said.

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  1. Obama Mama

    No climate change here, move along. Oh yeah it must be a cycle of the earth.

    August 8, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jolynn191978

      Love the sarcasm. People will deny the climate changing until the very end when they are starving and their yards are brown ad just dust. It is easier to deny it than fix it or get scared.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      yep in 1934 it was global warming, too, right?

      August 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowdogg

      Just wait until the Earth melts... that might be a hint of global climate change.

      I just don't understand what the deniers have to gain by persisting in their refusal of facts.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobington

      Time for the global warming people to start souting their BS. The second hottest July on record was in 1934, it must mean its hotter now than it was 100, 200 or 1000 years ago.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    By what percentage has the population of the contiguous United States changed since 1895?
    Of the world?

    August 8, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Philip

    July was only the hottest month because wolf godders have yet to prove how hot it gets in hell. ( Fairytale wolf godders like President Obama and candidate Romney and most of US who claim hell is hotter than July yet have no proof)

    August 8, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. capitalismiskool

    NEWSFLASH: Liberal media blames Mitt Romney and Bain Capital.

    August 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Conrad Murray

      Does that mean the GOP then hides the truth....like with a tax return or what's in Romney's tax plan?

      August 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      No, Ronald Reagan takes this one for making President Carter's environmental initiatives a joke in 1980. The lemmings bought it, we went down an irresponsible path, and now we're 32 years behind the 8 ball.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      crickets

      August 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ Philip:
    The temperature of Hell is proportionate to how many Satans can dance on a lake of fire and brimstone.
    I cannot prove that, but I believe it.

    August 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Philip

    @Joey. The insect population has increased exponentially since 1895. The earth's insects weigh more and also give-off more heat than humans, even though insects don't have any mechanised factories that pollute.
    Trees, even though being under constant attack, also produce more heat than puny little mankind.
    Global climate change is natural...we know for a fact that it has happened without humans. Mankinds pollution has only taken this naturally slow climate change and turned it into one with violent weather extremes.

    August 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • joe

      So violent weather extremes never happened until recently and it's all due to man, right? And you know this how? Al Gore said so?

      August 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      The majority of scientists believe that human activity is the primary driver – despite what the Koch brothers want you to believe (btw they spend $200 million a year to create that impression of doubt). Even one of the Koch brothers experts has converted to the mainstream scientific understanding.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      It's all the cows' fault.
      Avoid steak.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. joe

    "Love the sarcasm. People will deny the climate changing until the very end when they are starving and their yards are brown ad just dust. It is easier to deny it than fix it or get scared."

    Who would ever deny climate change? Climate change has been happening since the beginning of Earth. Climate change is the most natural thing ever. You think the climate changing is the end of the Earth? You're a whacko! Tell me, if the previous hottest month was in 1934, why would that back up your data? Wouldn't the previous hottest month be some time around now since man is making all this happen? Why would 1934 be hotter than 2008 or 2007? I thought it was getting warmer every year?

    August 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Veritas

      It's not about comparing one year to another. All the facts show that the earth is warming up and has done so over the last few decades. In fact we may already have reached the tipping point and are on the slippery slope to destruction. Even if you believe the Chamber of Commerce that humans will evolve resistance to the increased temperatures – we'll still have the other issues to deal with – water, crops, oil bubble bursting, etc

      August 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thermion7

      There have been hot years in the past, and droughts in the past. what is looked thought is the 800,000 year temperature trend s which ave been consistent and predictable with some variability (kind of like your water bill for your home). The median temperature trend for the entire globe has been wandering quite far off of the predictable trend line for about 150 years. (it would be like if you got 6 water bills in a row that were $30 more expensive... you would assume that there was a problem somewhere.) Climate scientist agree that it isn't a measurement error. having July be the Hottest July... adds another data point to the tred of evidence.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Recall the politicians who blamed the hole in our ozone layer on us. Now we know that without that natural hole that was burned into our atmosphere eons ago, life itself would not be possible.
    And now those same political offices have blamed us for global climate change. What next? Blame humans for burning in hell and making it even hotter?

    August 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Gene

    BREAKING NEWS? Really? REALLY CNN?

    August 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Penny Nickels

    Yeah, lots of global warming going on back in the 1930's. And then it got cooler...

    August 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thermion7

      Yes, the 1920s & 1930s falls within the Industrial era of elevated greenhouse gasses. It was a time where Industry boomed without any regard towards the cleanliness .

      August 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hypatia

    but teeabags say there's no climate change! how is this possible? Oh, must be that pesky god of theirs...

    August 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Sean

    "since record keeping began in 1895."

    117 years is a milisecond in mother natures eye. The Andes Mountains grow a quarter of an inch a year...big deal...

    August 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      but it is the "millisecond' that we have to live in.....

      August 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      The last 327 months have been above average. Odds by chance = 1 in 2^^327 or 270000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 to 1 against. (There should be 97 zeroes there).

      August 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Matty2Shoes

    It's all BS. Rush and Sean told me so and they are the foremost experst on EVERYTHING.

    August 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Dave

    The liberals will continue to deny global warming....until the sand that they have their heads buried in gets too hot....

    August 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CP in FL

      Dave, I think you mean that conservatives will continue to deny climate change.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joe

    "Just wait until the Earth melts... that might be a hint of global climate change.

    I just don't understand what the deniers have to gain by persisting in their refusal of facts."

    Yeah! This is PROOF the world is getting hotter! Never mind that the second hottest month was in 1934. Just forget that piece of data! THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!!

    August 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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