Boise experienced something Monday that much of the nation sweated through during much of June—record heat. The National Weather Service reports that at approximately 3 p.m. on July 9, the Boise area topped out at 108 degrees, breaking the previous record of 106 in 1956. More records could drop this week, with estimated highs over the next four days expected to be 102 today, 101 Wednesday, 103 Thursday and 101 Friday.
On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the continental United States broke all records for the hottest first six months in a calendar year from January through June. The last 12 months have also been the warmest since modern record-keeping began in 1895.
June was also the 10th driest on record, with drought spreading to 56 percent of the contiguous U.S., making it the largest drought footprint of the 21st century. The drought put significant pressure on the nation's corn corp, with the hot, dry weather baking much of the corn-growing region just as the crop was starting pollination.