July 2013 Was Fifth-Wettest on Record for U.S., NOAA Says

National average precipitation was 3.47 inches for month (16 centimeters), or 0.71 inch over 20th-century average * Florida had wettest July ever, with 12.38 inches, 4.91 above average * While many areas had heat waves last month, it was 30th warmest July, at 74.3 degrees Fahrenheit (24 Celsius) in lower 48 states, 0.8 degree above average * Record warm July for Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and for Salt Lake City and Reno, Nev. * Precipitation in contiguous U.S. so far this year 1.54 inches above average at 19.14, but very dry in West * SOURCE: National Climatic Data Center, unit of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration * LINK: {http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/briefings}

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