(Atlantic) It’s time to flip another page on the 2013 calendar and as we enter August we take a look back at the month of July weather-wise.
State climatologist Harry Hillaker says this past week’s cool weather was mostly cancelled out by the week before that which was warmer than normal, but in the end it shakes out to slightly cooler than normal month of July in the state.
"Overall a little bit cooler than normal. Going back to March, our fifth consecutive month now in the state that has averaged below normal temperatures and the last three, May, June, and July all running about a degree below normal so not quite as unusual as what we had earlier."
Another storyline was the lack of precipitation particularly in the Atlantic area.
"Preliminarily Atlantic has the lowest monthly total in the state for July with just 13-hundredths of an inch of rain reported there. It's the second lowest total ever reported there for the month of July. As everyone probably guessed, the only lower one was last July, the July of 2013 when there were only trace amounts of rainfall reported for the month."
Also of note, several areas set record low temperatures on Sunday morning. Battle Creek’s temperature reading of 39 degrees was the lowest in the state. It was the first July temperature reading below 40 degrees since 1984.
The average high temperature for July of 2013 was 8 degrees lower than the average high temperature for July of 2013.