Anthony Watts has been taking a look at the recently proclaimed new temperature record for the USA that it is alleged has just been set. It seems that it may not be a record at all. If you take the brand spanking new USCRN network of temperature stations temperatures are a whole lot lower than with the old, problematic, but strangely still preferred COOP/USHCN network.
Using the old network, NOAA says the USA Average Temperature for July 2012 is: 77.6°F
Using the NOAA USCRN data, the USA Average Temperature for July 2012 is: 75.5°F
The difference between the old problematic network and new USCRN is 2.1°F cooler.