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NOAA: July was the hottest month ever on record

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A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration notes that this past July was the hottest month ever recorded for the planet.

The report noted that the increase was .14 degrees above the previous record in 1998. The NOAA records go back to 1880.

Though the majority of the United States was cooler than average in July, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska were warmer than average, and southeastern states Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina were all much warmer than average.

Though much of the west, including the normally rainy Pacific Northwest, have been facing an ever increasing drought through the summer, states in the Ohio River Valley saw higher than average precipitation.

Year-to-date, 2015 is the tenth warmest year for the U.S and the wettest since 1998. The NOAA report noted that Oregon and Washington temperatures are running five degrees hotter than average for the year and that Oregon is in its ninth driest year on record.

Around the world, the year-to-date temperature is the highest ever, 1.53 degrees over the 20th century average temperature.

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