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July 2012 officially warmest month on record

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The numbers are in, and July 2012 is officially the warmest month on record for the Lower 48 states.

The average temperature for the month was 77.6°F, 3.3°F above the average for July during the 20th Century. July 2012 was warmer than the Dust Bowl month of July 1936, the former warmest month on record. In Cincinnati the average temperature for July 2012 was the 6th warmest on record and the average high temperature was second warmest on record.

Even more has been added to the record books. January through July of 2012 was the warmest first 7 months of any year on record for the contiguous 48 states and the 12-month period ending with July 2012 (Aug. 2011 - Jul. 2012) was the warmest 12-month period on record.

In Cincinnati, January - July 2012 was the warmest on record. The graph shows the temperatures for January through July for each year 1948 - 2012 at CVG.

The July numbers are not yet in for the entire globe but June 2012 was the 328th consecutive month with warmer than average temperatures for Earth as a whole.

These statistics refer to the average of all observation stations in the Lower 48 states. It does not mean that every individual station was this warm.

The bar graph shows the 13 warmest 12 month periods on record for the contiguous United States and the map shows how much warmer it was then average for the continental U.S.

With 5 more months to go 2012 has more record warm temperature so far than in all of 2011 and the warm records outnumber the cold records by 10 to 1.

All graphics are courtest of NOAAs National Climate Data Center.

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