Let’s All Shake Our Fists at July of 1999

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While you were enjoying a surprisingly bearable afternoon on Saturday, what you may not have realized was that your sudden and welcome lack of discomfort came at the cost of experiencing history. That's because Saturday the 31st was cool enough to lower July's average temperature below that of July 1999, making last month only the second hottest of all time, instead of the hottest. Weather historian Stephen Fybish, trying to make everyone feel better, claims that "we still have a good chance — if not guaranteed — for the warmest summer." Don't toy with us, Fybish! [NYT]