Well, the numbers are in for July. As you might imagine it was a cool month, not just for us, but for the rest of the country as well. Over 400 record low minimum temperatures and 1,300 record low maximum temperatures occurred over the central U.S. The nation was also above average in the rainfall department.
There were some hot spots, but they were confined to the southwest and west. Death Valley, California reached 120 degrees or better 22 days, beating the old record of 19 days. Seattle recorded the hottest temperature on record… 103 degrees.
Locally the average temperature was 65.5 degrees placing us 3.2 degrees below average. This ties us for the second coolest July on record. The coolest was in 2000, when the average temperature was 64.6 degrees. The airport broke the 80 degree mark only twice, which was also the lowest number of 80 degree days. In comparison, last year we broke the 80 degree mark 15 times. Precipitation was above average by a quarter of an inch. We received a trace of rain or better on 20 of 31 days. The average June and July temperatures were the third coldest (64.3) on record.
It looks like we’re in for a pattern shift over the next week, but don’t get used to it! Indications are that yet another trough will develop over the Great Lakes/Northeast later next week. That cooler than average temperatures and above average precipitation will return! Uggghhh!!!