Wednesday, August 8, 2012

July 2012 Statewide Temperature Rankings

July 2012 was the Warmest July on Record for the U.S.

If it seemed unusually hot across much of the U.S. to you, it was in fact very hot.  How hot?  The hottest on record with 118 years of data for comparison (1895-2012).  Nebraska experienced its 114th coldest or 5th warmest July on record.

  • Climate Highlights (from NOAA/NCDC) — July 2012
  • The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during July was 77.6°F, 3.3°F above the 20th century average, marking the warmest July and all-time warmest month on record for the nation in a period of record that dates back to 1895. The previous warmest July for the nation was July 1936, when the average U.S. temperature was 77.4°F.
  • Warmer-than-average conditions engulfed much of the contiguous U.S. during July, with the largest temperature departures from the 20th century average occurring across much of the Plains states, through the Midwest, and along the Eastern Seaboard. Virginia had its warmest July on record, with a statewide temperature 4.0°F above average. In total, 32 states had July temperatures among its ten warmest, with seven states having their second warmest July on record.
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