Dateline, Palm Desert, CA – July will be the hottest July on record in the Northern Hemisphere – (don't worry, southerners. Yours will come in six months).
It's almost too hot to write, or to be writing creatively, in this crippling heat. Here in the Coachella Valley it's been well above 45 degrees (113°f) all month long. (Sorry, Phenix, we outlast you with the heat.)