July Was Hottest Month in US History
It trumps all federal records going back to 1895
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2012 11:27 AM CDT
The sun rises over grain bins and a struggling corn crop in Ashland, Ill.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

(Newser) – One more milestone to help remember the scorching weather of July: It is now in the books as the hottest month in US history, reports CNN. The average temperature for the contiguous US came in at 77.6 degrees, which is the highest mark since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration started keeping records in 1895. It edges the previous mark of 77.4 set in 1936 and smashes the 20th-century average by 3 degrees. This comes after the nation wrapped up its hottest 12-month stretch in history.