Cyclists Pedaling Coast To Coast Experienced Hottest July On Record
Ric Hart was gearing up for another day on his cycling trip from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
After riding through the heart of America every day in July, he and the rest of the cyclists on the trip have a little insight on the weather.
The group is called Cycle America. They stopped at Case Middle School in Watertown Thursday night.
"Well, it was hot as hades," Hart said, "yes, yes, 106 to 108, they say."
"Sometimes I felt like I was facing hair dryer," said Anya Davies, who is originally from Siberia.
British cyclist Tim Brant-Coles said, "I think it was hot. Bloody hot."
July was the hottest month in U.S. history, with an average temperature across the country of 77.6 degrees.
The north country faced that blistering heat too. The average here was 72, but the average high was 84.5 degrees.
Included in the mix were three days in the 90s and only a single overcast day.
Why was July the hottest month since 1936?
"Mainly because the jet stream - that river of air at about 35,000 feet - has been well up to the north in Canada," said 7 News meteorologist John Kubis.
"South of the jet stream, that's where we've been located, that's where the temperatures generally tend to be the hottest," Kubis said.
The cyclists faced those mean temperatures in their 4,200 mile trip. Riding more than 65 miles a day in triple-digit heat.
Hart says if that didn't stop him, nothing will.
"I'm going to make it," he said. "Whack me with a car, I don't care, I'm going to make it.
The cyclists will continue their journey to the Atlantic Friday morning and they, like many of us, hope August will be a little cooler.
Friday, May 24, 2013, Watertown, NY
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