NOAA: 2012 July Hottest In U.S. History

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(KPLR) - We are living in historic times in terms of weather and heat.  The records that are being broken are on a scale and magnitude rarely, if ever seen.  And it's not just in St. Louis. 

Word coming down from NOAA that July was the hottest month ever recorded for the entire Continental United States!   The levels even surpassed the most extreme month of the devastating Dust Bowl summer of 1936.  Along with the heat, drought has parched more than 60 percent of the lower 48 states and analysts say the resulting drop in corn yields will likely bring record high prices and tight supplies. 

President Obama called on congress earlier this week to pass a farm bill so disaster aid can move more rapidly to livestock producers who have less federal protection than their row-crop counterparts.  The high temperature in St. Louis touched 100 degrees again yesterday.  That's the third time this month and the 21st time this year!  We are on a pace to shatter the all time record yearly temperature. 

Our parents and grandparents used to talk about "the great Dust Bowl years.'   We will talk to our grandchildren about the great heat wave and drought of 2012.  It's that kind of historic.