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Climate Report: Mildest July in Five Years

14 Aug 2014, 4:58 pm

July State of the Climate

Photo credit: NOAA/NCDC

The National Climate Data Center, the U.S. Government’s climatological agency, reports that July 2014 was the about 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit below the 20th century average temperature, Making this July the coolest since 2009.

Much of that was due to the abnormally cool weather in parts of the Midwest, where at least 10 states had one of their coolest Julys on recorded. Two states, Arkansas and Indiana both had their coolest July on record. Ad places like Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Indianapolis all saw numerous record lows. All told, there were a total of 5,508 record cool temperatures set — more than double the number of record warm temperatures, which totaled 2,605.

And even though average July temperature was slightly below climatological norms, parts of the U.S. still sizzled in July — especially on the West Coast, where six states had on of their top 10 warmest Julys on recorded. The unrelenting heat in the West has also been coupled with abnormally dry weather too. The dry, hot weather has only acted to exacerbate the on-going historic drought in the West.

Changes on the Way?

The quick answer to that is “yes and no.”

According to the Climate Prediction Center, the entity responsible for short-term and medium-range climate forecasts, more rain could be on the way for parts of the west and Intermountain West. But above average temperatures are likely to remain entrenched along the West Coast through October.

8-14-14 Drought Monitor

Monsoonal moisture is likely to help contribute to above average rainfall for much of the Desert Southwest and the Four Corners Region. Areas of Southern California could get some beneficial rain as well, but it’s unlikely to put that big of a dent in the historic drought currently gripping the state.

Warmer than average temperatures are likely to persist for most of the West Coast through the end of summer and beginning of fall. The Deep South is looking at above average temperatures through October as well, while much of the Upper Midwest will still be the cool spot with temperatures below normal.

New seasonal outlooks from the CPC will be coming out soon and WeatherNation meteorologists will let you know if there are any major changes.

Meteorologist Alan Raymond

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