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. U Idiot

    Like people aren't busy enough already. Single moms working two jobs...dads freaking delivering pizza trying to make ends meet...AND paying taxes to those who are PAID to protect US.
    "Why don't you do something about it" she says. It must be nice to have a job that pays you to sit on your ass all day and thinkblog. Old cow. 🙂

    August 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southern mom

      Are you speaking for all those who I have mentioned ? Everybody is always complaining , but never doing anything.

      And yes, it is wonderful having a job that pays me good money to sit on my ass all day. Iworked my ass off to get it.

      August 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thursday Next

      Did you just really call a complete stranger on the internet an "old cow"? Lot of courage behind anonyminity, isn't there? Pathetic.

      August 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Complaint dept.

    You feel compelled to show a public face of sorrow for total strangers who have died, yet not compelled to do something about death?
    "Oh what a tragedy" you say, but NEVER say or do anything about it.
    Get a clue. If man could cure the common cold virus, it would have been done by now. (think AIDS and what you CAN do about it)

    August 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Complaint dept.

    Ditto the mortality rate of potential Americans, and not just illegal immigrants.
    There IS something you could do and/or say to help reduce this number of deaths. But mums the word.

    August 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Iceax

    Phillip how woukd you know its so hot out here your heads in the place where the sun does not shine get a clue dude

    August 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. FilipinoBoxer GotRobbed

    No one gets robbed more than the Filipino boxer, barriga, the only Filipino that may have a chance to get a single medal for the Philippines. After the 2nd round he was ahead by 2 points. On the 3rd round, the kazakhstan boxer 5 '6" wrestled the FIlipino 5 ft boxer onto the canvas, trying to drain the Filipino boxer 3 times. The Filipino boxer was deducted 4 points by the referee for weird calls like low ducking the shot and wrestling inspite of the Kazakhstan boxer purposely wrestling the smaller guy. The Filipinos protested but the boxing officials turned down the plea for justice. They awarded the rough boxing wrestler the win 17 – 16. Obviously the referee stepped in to alter the outcome. There were no deductions on the first 2 rounds. What an injustice ! This is like when they robbed of Pacquiao of the win and donated it to Bradley. Corrupt olympics boxing officials.... A US boxer was a victim of injustice but when they protested they turned around the decision. They listened to the protest of a big nation but not from a small country who was obviously got robbed.

    August 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. james ainoris

    How many cars planes trains trucks ships engines factories home heating cooling units power plants black roofs and parking lots highways people and livestock were there before industrial revolution? How many today? Is it logical to think even for a layman that the emisssions from such could change the atsmosphere? but lush dimbaugh said all scientists are liberal commies...lol. How goofy can you be? in the 70s the same scientist showed depletion of ozone layer.... many nudnicks said they were wrong....When you politicize an issue peoples brains shut off.. people take sides not with data or facts but with radio shock jocks on AM like dimbaugh or art bell.... of course big oil and coal wouldnt try to hide the truth...just like tobbaco companies....wake up ...go back to school for physics and/or chemistry then comment on such an issue....or go watch jersey shore and drive you big suv to the mall...like all the other lemmings...vote for mobil exxon this election...keep listening to right wing shock jocks...lol

    August 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marilu Probus

    The common cold virus is typically transmitted via airborne droplets (aerosols), direct contact with infected nasal secretions, or fomites (contaminated objects)...^*^

    Have a nice day http://www.homeimprovementstuffs.com/index.php

    June 16, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tarah Bourraine

    The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. The most commonly implicated virus is a rhinovirus (30–80%), a type of picornavirus with 99 known serotypes.:**:

    Most recent blog post on our personal blog page

    June 16, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
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