Thanks to global cooling (not!), the eastern 3/4 of the U.S. was much warmer than normal in July 2011. In fact, Oklahoma set a record for the warmest month of any state in American history: an average of 88.9F. Which kind of makes sense, when you think about it. After all, it was the preeminent expert on climate, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R TB-OK), whose grandchildren built an igloo on the National Mall back in February 2010 – because mocking Al Gore is the top responsibility of a sitting U.S. Senator. Maybe his family should have spent less time making fun of things they can’t or don’t want to understand but more time praying for rain this summer. In the end, the solution is simple: stop polluting heat-trapping gases and the atmosphere will trap less heat! Imagine that!
Back to the state of U.S. climate in July 2011.
July 2011 was the fourth warmest July in NOAA’s records: 77F. It was the fourth warmest month all time. Here is what that looks like graphically: