July 2022 Was Third Hottest on Record for the U.S.


Parts of the nation saw historic flooding and intensifying drought

uly 2022 will go down in the history books as the third-hottest July on record for the U.S., according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

From drought to deluge, the nation saw remarkable extremes last month. Drought conditions intensified or expanded across parts of the U.S., while others were hit by historic rainfall that led to catastrophic flooding. Below are more takeaways from NOAA’s latest monthly U.S. climate report:

Climate by the numbers - July 2022
The average temperature across the contiguous U.S. last month was 76.4 degrees F (2.8 degrees above average), making July 2022 the third-hottest July in the 128-year climate record. Only July 1936 (first) and July 2012 (second) were hotter.

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