"July: Hottest. Month. Ever."

"WASHINGTON -- This probably comes as no surprise: Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s."

"And even less a surprise: The U.S. this year keeps setting records for weather extremes, based on the precise calculations that include drought, heavy rainfall, unusual temperatures, and storms.

The average temperature last month was 77.6 degrees. That breaks the old record from July 1936 by 0.2 degree, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Records go back to 1895."

Seth Borenstein reports for the Associated Press August 8, 2012.


State of the Climate (NOAA)

"Drought-Hit US Busts Heat Record From Dust Bowl Days" (Reuters)

"Advocates See Recent Extreme Weather as a 'Teachable Moment'" (Greenwire)

"Extreme Hot Spells Rising" (Science News)

Source: AP, 08/09/2012