July weather about average for the seasonThe month of July went into the weather record books almost exactly as expected with a temperature average of 72 degrees.
By: Bob Cashel, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — The month of July went into the weather record books almost exactly as expected with a temperature average of 72 degrees.
Based on past records, the July average temperature is 71.7 degrees.
The warmest temperature was 93 degrees, recorded on July 16. Last month’s coolest temperature was a reading of 36 degrees, which was recorded on July 4.
That cold reading — at 7 a.m. July 4 — is a recent history record, pushing aside the 42- degree reading that was set in 1984 and again in 1995.
Last month’s average of the daytime highs was a warm and pleasant 83.1 degrees. The average of the overnight lows was 60.9 degrees. July highs and lows through the past 20 years are 83.2 degrees and 59.7 degrees, respectively, so that new single-night record low didn’t affect monthly temperatures.
Daytime highs in the 90s were reported on two days; in the 80s on 25 days; and in the 70s on four days.
In addition to the one night when 36 degrees was recorded, there was one night with a reading of 47 degrees; readings in the 50s on seven nights; and in the 60s on 22 nights.
The month’s rainfall total was 3.71 inches, slightly more than the 3.5 inches that is the average. The greatest July rainfall is 11.19 inches in 1993, while the least rainfall for a monthly total is .15 of an inch in 1975.
The greatest single-day rainfall last month was 2.04 inches on July 20. Trace amounts were recorded on three days, and measurable amounts were received as follows: .03 on the 7th; .07 on the 8th; .16 on the 17th; .31 on the 18th; .01 on the 19th and 21st; .17 on the 24th; .62 on the 27th; and .29 on the 28th.
There was hail recorded on July 19, 21, 24 and 31. Fog was recorded on July 20 and 25.
Those fearless forecasters for “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” missed on their guess that July would be about two degrees warmer than average. Instead, last month brought temperatures that were very, very close to normal.