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8/6/2014 11:11:00 AM
Stats: Cool, dry July continues a mild summer
Crawford County was cooler and drier in July.

According to figures from Official Weather Observer Ron Brock, Palestine, the county received 3.65 inches of rain during July. This was down from 5.94 inches in July 2013, a figure that included 3.25 inches that fell July 1 alone.

The wettest July in the county occurred in 1958. More than 12.56 inches fell.

The average daytime high temperature last month was almost 81.4 degrees, compared to almost 83.1 last year. The highest temperature of the month was 90, reported July 22. This was down from 94, reported July 18, 2013.

Most highs were in the 80s during the month this year and last, although highs in the 90s were reported seven times in July 2013.

The hottest July on record occurred in 1954, when the average high was more than 97.7 degrees. That year, the mercury boiled up to the 90s on 15 days and 100 or hotter another 15 days. The hottest temperature ever reported in Crawford County history - 114 degrees - was set on July 14 that year.

The average overnight low for July was more than 59.5, compared to 65.23 last year. The coolest temperature of the month was 52, reported on both the 16th and 17th, compared to the 2013 low of 50, reported July 28.

Most July lows were in the 50. Last year, most lows were in the 60s or 70s.

The coldest July temperature on record is 44, reported July 1, 1937, and repeated July 21, 1944. The driest July on record is also 1937. Only .61 inch of rain fell that month.

The average June high was almost 84.2 degrees. The average June low was 65.2 degrees. The hottest temperature of the month was 92, reported on the 19th. The coolest temperature was 49 June 14.

June 1933 is the hottest June on record. The average daytime high temperature for the month was 93.7 degrees, while the overnight low was 65. Temperatures hit the triple digits six times during the month's final 10 days.

The hottest temperature was 103, reported on June 30. This fell short of the record of 108, reported June 20, 1953, and June 26, 1954.

The coldest June temperature ever in the county is 40, reported June 2, 1956.

The July statewide average temperature was 70.3, which ties the record for the coolest July set back in 2009, according to the Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey.

July 1936 (82.8 degrees) was the warmest July on record, followed closely by July 2012 (81.8 degrees), Angel explained. In just six years, Illinoisans have experienced the second warmest and twice the coldest July on record.

"The July 2014 average temperature is based on preliminary data so it is very likely that we will break the tie with 2009 as more data arrive," Angel said.

The cool weather was not just for Illinois. The Midwest experienced temperature departures in the range of 4 to 8 degrees below average for July, and most of the U.S. to the east of the Rocky Mountains had below-average temperatures for the month. Meanwhile, the West and, in particular, the northwest U.S., were exceptionally warm.

The statewide average precipitation was 3.4 inches, which is 0.65 inches below average. The first two weeks of July were exceptionally wet for most of the state, while the rest of the month was dry. Dry conditions prevailed from St. Louis and eastward across Illinois. The wet June and cool July temperatures helped moderate the impact of this dry weather so far.

The statewide average temperature for July 2013 was 73.3 degrees. Statewide average precipitation was 2.74 inches.

A total of 7.41 inches of precipitation dropped here during June. The heaviest rainfall was 3.13 inches June 24. Amost all the rest of June's rainfall occurred during the first half of the month.

June 2013 is the wettest on record. A total of 10.34 inches of rain soaked the county that month.

The statewide average precipitation for June was 6.78 inches. The wettest June on record was in 1902 with 8.27 inches. Four out of the last five June's have been wetter than average in Illinois.

The statewide average temperature was 72.9 degrees in June.

The latest forecasts from the National Weather Service indicate that cooler and wetter than average conditions will prevail over the next two weeks.

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