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Subject: NOAA Announces Global Climate Data for July 1999


CONTACT:David Miller, NOAA           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(202) 482-6090              8/20/99

NOAA ANNOUNCES GLOBAL CLIMATE FOR JULY 1999

During July 1999, several areas of the world experienced extremes in
climate such as record high temperatures, severe droughts, and
flooding, the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and atmospheric
Administration announced today.

In the United States, record heat combined with the lack of
precipitation caused drought conditions in the eastern half of the
country.  July started out sizzling with 95 - 100+ degrees F
temperatures in northeastern cities like Philadelphia and New York.
Summertime rains and thunderstorms brought some relief to drought
conditions in parts of the south and east, but drought became a more
severe problem by the end of July. In particular, the mid-Atlantic
region is in moderate to severe drought, with crops and cattle being
severely affected. Portions of six states have been declared
agricultural disaster areas -- Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, West
Virginia, Maryland,  and Pennsylvania.

The latter half of July produced a heat wave over much of the eastern
two-thirds of the country, with maximum temperatures in the 90's -
100's over wide areas. Heat indices of over 110 F were  common across
portions of the southern and central plains and the coastal plains of
the southeast.   Charleston, S.C.  experienced a minimum temperature
of 85 F on the 29th.

In contrast to the heat wave, much cooler than normal temperatures
dominated the western third of the country.  Some parts of the
Southwest experienced a lack of normal heat.  Tucson, Arizona, set a
July record for consecutive days below 100 degrees on July 29, with 23
consecutive days as of that date.  The old record was 22 consecutive
days, in both 1965 and 1976.

The West has experienced unusually heavy monsoon rains. Las Vegas was
hit by up to three inches of rain in thunderstorms in a few hours,
resulting in severe flooding and two fatalities.

Globally, drought conditions are causing problems across portions of
western Russia with predicted shortfalls in grain production. In the
Middle East, in Iran, the worst drought in 30 years has destroyed more
than a quarter of the country's wheat and rice crops. Drought is also
quite severe across portions of North Korea, the Ivory Coast, Uganda,
and Spain  this month.  Flooding is a problem in parts of China along
the Yangtze River, across southern Japan, and in portions of Romania.

Information on July's climate is available from NOAA's National
Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

For information on the climate of July in Historical Perspective, see:
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ol/climate/research/1999/jul/jul99.html

For information on the extremes of July, see:
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ol/climate/extremes/1999/july/extremes0799.ht
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David.P.Miller@hdq.noaa.gov or fax to (202) 501-2953.

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