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NOAA says July was hottest month on record in lower 48 United States

+The Weather Channel reports that, in more than 117 years of records, July 2012 stands alone as not only the hottest July on record in the lower 48 United States, but also the hottest of any month on record in that time span.

To put it another way, July 2012 was the hottest of a little more than 1,400 months that we've gone through since 1895.

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Photo: The sun sets in Pleasant Plains, Ill. on Thursday, July 5, 2012. (Seth Perlman/ +The Associated Press)


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Yeah, it felt like it, too, says the person from Mississippi.
Cue... Just broke a record set in... wait for it... 1936. Sooooo, I guess Global Warming/Climate Change/Money Grab was the reason for such hot temperatures in 1936? And what happened to climate change from 1936 through 2012? Did it just go away? Could it be that climate is cyclical? Nah, that can't be it - it has to be people... people who can be taxed, mandated, or levied. Because as we all know, making Al Gore rich will certainly solve "global warming". Well, I guess it technically would, since "climate change/global warming/money grab" is as mythical as Al Gore telling the truth or "climate scientists" not having agendas.
Ed Raso
Move along; nothing to see here. Thank you for shopping at Wal*Mart.
And yet the average global temperature remains nearly the same. Weather is not climate, as we hear so often when we have a cold winter.

When a global warming alarmist admits that the temps have been unaccountably stable for the last 15 years in spite of a dramatic increase in CO2, I will listen to what else they might have to say.
No one really claims there is "no global warming" since obviously the earth gets both warmer and colder. Anyone who argues against that false, strawman position loses all credibility.... which includes most of the alarmists.
Drill baby Drill!!  I like it hot!
Of course there is "Global Warming" however if you look up the statistics it is Solar system wide not just isolated to Earth, The whole solar system is one big cycle and so is just about every natural event that occurs in it. Its the "Idea" that Humans are to blame that is False.
We must live our life as we can .... Then we can save the Mother nature
+Marvin Parnell You are referring to climate change, which is the natural heating and cooling cycles of the planet and solar system. This is true and very provable. There is also proof that humans are changing the climate as well, just not to the levels they once tried to tell us.
Meanwhile, about 4,000 miles East, a piddly little country had one of its wettest months on record. Nature seems to have developed a taste for weather-related practical jokes...

+Bill DeWitt What neither extremist camp in the AGW argument (i.e. both the "let's jump into our 4 litre SUVs and burn rubber" and "let's tax fuel 1,000% as it's evil!" groups) seem to comprehend is that climate is long-term, and trends can only really be discerned after several decades. A few warm winters in a row won't prove the case for AGW any more than a few cool summers in a row won't disprove it. Even if someone could wave a magic wand and immediately stop all anthropogenic fires, you'd still have to contend with methanogenesis (biological methane production) from belching bovines, micro-organisms, landfills, methane clathrates from the sea floor etc. (methane's apparently several times worse than carbon dioxide at global warming)...

Given how variable weather can be (and if you look at the charts of mean temp over time, although there appears to be a general upward trend the actual data points themselves dart all over the place) and the fact it seems to have been getting more variable over recent decades, what's needed is coherent planning so that regardless of whether a community suffers a drought or a deluge (or even both in successive years!), it can cope. Part of that will be trying to enforce seemingly common-sense measures such as avoiding building new developments on flood plains (there is a reason behind the name...) and planting replacements to trees cut down for various uses (as their roots help stabilise the land and protect the surface soil from being washed away during periods of heavy rainfall or flooding).

At the same time, there's also a non-AGW argument for investing heavily in renewables (and improving the power efficiency / energy density of batteries): there's a finite upper limit to the extraction and refinement rate of coal / oil / gas, but not only is the human population still growing, but resource usage per capita keeps growing as well. Already energy companies are investing in sub-optimal sources e.g. deep water drilling, shale gas (which requires vast amounts of water to frack the rock, which then has to be stored as it contains too many impurities to be released back into the environment) and tar sands (which are apparently have a more limited range of uses as they're fairly thick and viscous).
+Jason Death If the words "they" and "tried to tell us" are in the same sentence, you can assume it's not true.
Replace "they" with "Gore" (couldn't remember his name at the time), and "tried to tell us" with "worst case scenario at the time". Which is what they would release as their numbers, as most studies of this type do.
It's global warming cause the hottest month of the year is in summer #idiot
J Krah
Good i like the hot weather.
Forgotten that you had the coldest winter in 60 years just a few years ago?
Coldest winter and hottest summer are very related; all weather conditions are shifting around crazy..
Actually the whole Earth is melting.
+Özer Özkaraoglu Weather does not equal climate. The fact is that climate scientists have been telling us to expect hotter summers, warmer winters, no snow, no rain, more cyclones, more natural disasters etc etc...due to increasing levels of CO² in the atmosphere. None of this has materialised despite an unprecedented increase in CO². In fact we've had fairly stable temperatures with almost no warming over the past decade.

The only reason they now call it Climate Change is because they know the world is not warming anymore.

At some point people need to question the "science" when scientists say "Increased CO² leads to X Y and Z". If this doesn't happen, which is currently the case, something in the equation is clearly wrong. We know that data has been falsified to some degree but more importantly I think the climate scientists have the wrong interpretation of the data.

Most seem to take a position, then try and prove that position at all costs. This is usually by cherry picking data which is not real science. 
+Walter Jnr If any have been suggesting decreased frequency of rain / snow, they evidently have no credibility whatsoever. For a start, ocean temperatures as measured both directly and via satellite telemetry have a long-term rising trend, although as with any temperature measurement you have to look at several decades worth of measurements to get the overall picture to mitigate against seasonal trends, day/night variation, and the effects of El Nino / El Nina etc. I'd say ocean temperatures are likely to be more reliable than land measurements as the latter can be affected by terrain, development, land use, possibly even soil type.

However, as anyone familiar with the water cycle should know, if ocean temperatures rise there'll be more evaporation, which would lead to more clouds and more precipitation.

Meanwhile, in the UK at least over the past decade or so, while the average annual rainfall hasn't varied that much, the patterns have: rather than being spread throughout each month, typically the majority of the month will be dry, and the monthly quota will be dumped over the course of a couple of days, leading to surface flooding (as the storm drains weren't designed to cope with that kind of load). On a slightly more long-term trend, 2009-11 were significantly drier than average and by March 2012 many reservoirs were at least 6 feet below "normal" levels, leading many companies to impose hosepipe bans. Nature then decided to play a practical joke with the three wettest months on record...

I've said it elsewhere, but while I believe the earth is warming, I also believe there's b****r all we can do about it. However, with an ever-expanding human population, one thing someone will have to do at some point (but goodness knows how!) is try and limit our ever-expanding per capita resource usage (not only are there more humans on the planet, but on average each human uses more resources than they did in previous decades - air con, food, electronic gadgets etc...)
There is a distinct disconnect between the rapidly increasing CO2 levels, the rock stable average Global Temperature, and the Theory. If the facts don't agree with the theory though, we can just ignore the facts. We can take bigger and bigger samples, in the manner of a guy who keeps saying, "OK, 4 out of 7... 5 out of 9", or we can just label the facts an "anomaly", as if that means something.

But as for this weather factoid, NOAA itself admits that their weather data is inaccurate, and has developed a more accurate instrument network which was not used to gather this data.
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