Hottest State

Map of USA with Oklahoma highlighted

It's official: Oklahoma is the hottest state. Oklahoma is certainly a red state. But this is not about politics or being sexy. This is about heat, raw heat.

The Tulsa World reported that Gary McManus, associate state climatologist with Oklahoma Climatological Survey, said July 2011 temperature average statwide of 89.1 degrees was not only the hottest month in state history but also the hottest month for any state in the United States in recorded history.

Based on temperature records dating back to 1895 for the 48 contiguous states, Oklahoma is the hottest state in history, and we've just lived through the hottest month of our lives. Ah, it ain't that hot.