South-central heat outweighs record coolness in Pacific Northwest
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. was feeling the heat in July, as the average temperature across the country soared 2.7 degrees above the long-term average. The 77-degree reading was the fourth-warmest July on record and also the fourth-warmest month ever for the U.S.
The near-record reading resulted from extremely high temperatures in the south-central part of the country, where Texas and Oklahoma both reported their warmest-ever months. Across Oklahoma, the temperature averaged a blistering 88.9 degrees, with Texas just a few degrees lower, at 87.1 degrees. The Oklahoma reading surpassed the old record by 0.8 degrees, set in July 1954, according to the July summary from the National Climatic Data Center. (more…)
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