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July 2012 was hot.
Hotter than any previous month on record.
Photo of a (former) Illinois pond by Daniel Acker (Bloomberg News)

July 2012 was hot.

Hotter than any previous month on record.

Photo of a (former) Illinois pond by Daniel Acker (Bloomberg News)

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Stand with me here all you want but you’ll have to agree not to talk about the heat.

Stand with me here all you want but you’ll have to agree not to talk about the heat.

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Lamon Rogers, in his Grand Rapids backyard, becomes our official summer buddha. Excellent heat gallery here.
Photo by Rex Larsen (AP)

Lamon Rogers, in his Grand Rapids backyard, becomes our official summer buddha. Excellent heat gallery here.

Photo by Rex Larsen (AP)

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Stand with me here all you want but you’ll have to agree not to talk about the heat.

Stand with me here all you want but you’ll have to agree not to talk about the heat.

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"People are confused about the weather of Washington. I shall explain basics: Winter is cold. Summer is hot. Every year these truths hit the populace with the force of a thunderbolt. … There is a strong connection between complaints against summer and general idiocy."

Henry Mitchell, in a 1984 essay in Style. Read the whole wonderful piece here.

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Today, in one image. It’s hot.
Elijah Thomas, 22 months, plays in a fountain in Spanish Harlem.
Photo by Timothy A. Clary (AFP)

Today, in one image. It’s hot.

Elijah Thomas, 22 months, plays in a fountain in Spanish Harlem.

Photo by Timothy A. Clary (AFP)

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It’s 98 degrees in Washington, one degree shy of the day’s historical record.

It’s 98 degrees in Washington, one degree shy of the day’s historical record.