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Editorial: The heat was high in July

August 10, 2012
The Alpena News

It's now official - July was the hottest month ever recorded in the lower 48 United States, going all the way back to when records first began in 1895.

Most of us probably could have guessed that July certainly was in the running. Unless we were watering, most of us saw our grass fade from green to brown. Where once the grass was lush and soft, last month it was brittle and crunchy.

While many of us made the effort to keep our gardens going through this hot and dry spell, as the month went on it became harder and harder.

Nationwide, the average temperature was 77.6 according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials. Locally, the average for July was 71, about four degrees above past normals for the month.

And, on July 23, the temperature reached 95 at the airport.

As for rain, the region only received a little over two inches of rain during the month (2.15), which was nearly an inch below expectations.

Finally, if you think the year has been on the warm side, you would be correct. NOAA officials indicate the first seven months of the year have been, back-to-back, the warmest months ever recorded.

We learned a long time ago not to complain much about Mother Nature and the weather. Certainly we appreciate the summer, but only wish some of this heat and lack of rain could have been spread out a little more evenly through the entire year.

Then again, we presume that's why they call this period the "the dog days of summer."



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