09 Aug '11, 4pm

July Was the Fourth-Warmest on Record

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Results are in from the first stage of this summer’s heat wave, and it’s one for the record books. July was the fourth-warmest on record in the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports. The nation’s average temperature was 77 degrees, almost 3 degrees above normal, and states like Oklahoma and Texas had the hottest July ever, with average temperatures of 88.9 and 87.1 respectively. Oklahoma’s statewide average temperature was the warmest for any state for any month on record. Temperatures in Dallas exceeded 100 degrees on 30 of the 31 days in July. Over all, 85.4 percent of states in the continental United States experienced July temperatures exceeding the long-term average. NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center maintains temperature records dating back to 1895. July’s extreme heat exacerbated...

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