FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:
July was Baltimore’s hottest month on record. We weren’t alone. NOAA’s entire South climate region – Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas - also had the warmest month on record for any U.S. climate region.
Only seven of the lower 48 states had near or below-average Julys. The average U.S. temperature in July was the fourth-warmest on record, 2.7 degrees above the 1901-2000 average.
But, the Northwest region tied its second-coolest May-July period, NOAA said.
(SUN PHOTO: Jed Kirschbaum, 2011)