July 23, 2021
Last month was by far the hottest June in the U.S. in the 127 years of record keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. California had a statewide average 6.8 degrees above normal while, during a prolonged heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, temperatures soared some 40 degrees above average.
Meanwhile, the 130-degree temperature reading in Furnace Creek, California during the recent heat wave there may be the highest reliably measured temperature in human history.
Climatologists project that this decade will be the coolest decade of the 21st Century.