Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Wed, August 8 2012 at 6:18 PM, Updated: Wed, August 8 2012 at 6:36 PM
If you live in the Pacific Northwest consider yourself lucky. The rest of the country is dealing with the hottest temperatures ever and on board to be the driest year in recent history.
Washington and Oregon have the Ocean to thank for cooling us down. Cooler Pacific waters have kept temperatures near normal while the rest of the country struggles with drought conditions and wildfires brought on by high temperatures.
Climatologists at N.O.A.A. note that by the end of the month about 63% of the country was experiencing drought conditions.
Shad Keene, an Analysts with the National Weather Service and N.O.A.A. says extreme weather will most likely become more prominent as the globe continues to heat up, which NASA and Scientists confirm.
The average temperature in the United States last month was 77.6 degrees- 3.3 degrees above the average 20th century temperature dethroning the July 1936 temperature set at 77.4 degrees.
News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.
Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.