Records published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center indicate that July 2001 is one of the hottest in history. So far, there have been record-setting "highest minimum temperature" levels in an astonishing number of towns and cities around the country:"Out of a possible 68,672 records: 708 (Broken) + 544 (Tied) = 1,252 Total."
A nicely prepared table with overall totals as well as state-by-state temperatures is worth a look. Data like these (which can only distress a worried populace) are another example of what conservatives like to call "interference of Big Government in our lives." Of course, all true believers know that global warming is a hoax and will not be distracted by annoying evidence to the contrary. Hence, a good way to relieve fears about climate change would be to cut the National Climatic Data Center in the budget Obama and Congress are negotiating. That would cool things down.