Reviving this thread with a wee update from the US East coast. We did hav e the blazing hot July with lots of days over 100 degrees. However, to Gordon's point, I am just outside Washington DC so we could be at the epicenter of the heat problem After July though, it has been much cooler than normal. August is notoriously uncomfortable here, which is why all the Pols leave town in August. An old tradition from before the days of AC.
From an agricultural prospective, we belong to a CSA (community support agriculture) meaning we buy all our produce directly from a local farm, including picking a great deal of it ourselves. What we've seen is early ripening all season long. We just started picking apples. Two weeks early for that. Everything has been extra flavorful and more concentrated. Since we also grow grapes for wine in this area, that should be very good news as long as September doesn't turn soggy like last year. Our biggest problem has been keeping water on everything. The farm has irrigation, so they have been able to keep the crops alive. Corn has be just alright. Although a coworker that lives in Maryland said his CSA had European corn borer infestation. Most CSAs are organic, so these types of pests are very damaging. Well, that's all for the farm report ....lol.