For most of us in the Midwest and East finding out that this past July was one of the hottest on records since 1950 isn’t telling us anything new. NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center issued the proclamation on July, and indicated that if the trend continues through August there is a chance we could surpass the 1936 record for hottest summer. Things could be worse. The core of heat in the middle part of the country has not expanded countrywide. Although heat waves have traveled eastward over the upper Great Lakes, through the Northeast and down into parts of the Southeast, they have not been sustained. The west coast is tracking at just below average temperatures, while the southwest has been experiencing above normal heat indexes. Precipitation is way below normal in the Midwest, but according to NOAA, the southwest has been able to rebound a bit from previous summer drought conditions. The east coast is experiencing some relief on the precipitation front due to the edge of the high-pressure system of heat staying fixated on the Midwest, causing the volatile storm fronts that have been battering the east. This summer has been a hot one, and August may not bring any relief rom the high temps, and for some of us, that may not be such a bad thing.