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July was a wet and cool month

July, which ended last Thursday, was one of the coolest on record. It was also one of the wettest Julys in recent memory.

For the month, the Paris area got 7.06 inches of rain, which is more than double the July average of 3.5 inches of rain.

For the month of July, Paris saw rain on 10 days. On three of those days, Paris got more than an inch of rain. The largest single day rain fall was 1.81 inches on July 23.

July was the fourth month in a row for above average rain.

July was also unusually cool. Temperatures ranged from a high of 96 on July 27 to a low of 59 on July 16. That low is only six degrees warmer than the record low for July, which was 53 degrees in 1972. July was the coolest since 2007. The record high in July was 113 in 1954.

Also, we have yet to see a high at or above 100 degrees this summer. Last year, we had two days at or above 100 degrees in July. But 2012 and 2011 were another story. Those two years produced serious drought conditions and July was one of the worst months. In 2012, we have 19 days of highs at or above 100. In 2011, we had 30 days of highs in July at or above 100. In 2010, we saw highs at or above 100 only once and only five times in 2009.

July and August are normally the hottest months of the year. Highs average 92 degrees and lows average 69 and 70. August is also the driest month of the year in Logan County with an average rain fall of only 3.1 inches.

For the next seven days, the NWS is forecasting about normal highs and rain. Temperatures on the high side are going to be in the lower 90s. There’s a 20 percent chance of rain today, a 40 percent chance Thursday through Sunday and an 80 percent chance next Monday.

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