Gallery: July 2012 Was the Hottest US Month In Recorded History


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In the 117 years since people began recording temperature patterns in the US, there has never been a summer as hot as what we’ve experienced this year: July of 2012 has been the hottest on record since 1895. Temperatures soared across the continental United States last month, with an average temperature of 77.6 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this is 3.3 degrees higher than average temperatures have been for any given month in over a century.

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