And now NOAA, the agency that tracks long term trends (among many other things!) says it was the hottest July ever recorded in the United States– when you look at what happened in the lower 48 states, overall.
Here are some of the crazy specifics:
Oregon & Washington: Missed By The July 2012 Heatwave
Here are the highlights (lowlights?) of what happened in Portland, Oregon during July 2012. Seattle was even cooler than Portland.