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Deadly July Heat

Posted by feww on August 2, 2013

July heat shattered tens of thousands of temperature records, killed scores of people worldwide

United States

A total of 649 U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records were set (404 broken, and 245 tied) in July this year, according to the data provided by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

Additionally, 9 All-Time Highest Max Temperature Records were set in the United States (1 broken, 8 tied).

July 2013 was both the warmest July and the warmest month on record in Elko, NV since records began in 1888, said NWS.

The average temperature in Elko during July 2013 was 76.8 degrees. This is the warmest july average temperature, and the warmest calendar month average temperature, ever recorded in Elko. The previous record was 75.9 degrees in July 1985.

July daily max
U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set in July 2013: 404 (Broken) + 245 (Tied) = 649 Total.  NOT included on this map are 11 locations in Hawaii and Alaska.

July heat helped wildfires in 13 states scorch up to  2,000 square miles, destroy hundreds of homes, and kill at least 22 people including 20 fire crews.

The latest fatality occurred when a tree fell on contract tree fellers who were trying to contain a lightning-sparked fire in the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon, killing one person and injuring another.


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