NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES The July temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 75.3°F, or 1.6°F above the 20th century avera...

NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES The July temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 75.3°F, or 1.6°F above the 20th century average, ranking as the 14th warmest on record. The year-to-date (January-July) temperature was 54.3°F, 3.0°F above the 20th century average, making it the third warmest on record. Alaska continued to be record warm for the first seven months of 2016. The July precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 2.87 inches, 0.09 inch above the 20th century average, and ranked near the middle value in the 122-year period of record. Record rainfall across western Kentucky caused widespread flooding. Tropical Storm Darby swept across Hawaii in late July causing flooding, but helped to alleviate drought conditions. The year-to-date precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 18.49 inches, 0.40 inch above average, and ranked near the middle value in the 122-year period of record. This monthly summary from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information  is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia and the public to support informed decision-making. This link will also be placed on the 2016 Actions and Activities Page of the Sustainable Water Resources Site at https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/ July Report from NOAA http://www.noaa.gov/stories/july-warmer-than-average-year-to-date-3rd-warmest-for-lower-4   Tim Smith Sustainable Water Resources Coordinator Government Web Site, http://acwi.gov/ Sustainable Water Resources Site, https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/