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July 2012 Was Warmer, Drier Than Normal

OSWEGO, NY – July 2012 was quite the balmy month, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service

The Crusader enjoys the balmy July weather on the waters of Lake Ontario
The Crusader enjoys the balmy July weather on the waters of Lake Ontario

The average temperature last month was 74.1 degrees. That is 3.3 degrees above average, according to Gregway’s figures.

That ties for the 6th warmest July in Port City history dating back to 1844.

Also coming in with an average temperature of 74.1 degrees is July 2010, Gregway said. And, in the 7th position is July 2011 with an average temperature of 74.0 degrees.

The warmest July on record is 75.8 degrees set in 1920.

The highest temperature last month was 93 degrees on the 17th. That was followed by the month’s only other 90 reading – 92 degrees on the 23rd.

The 92 degrees tied the record for that day.

The low for the month was 59 degrees on the 11th.

July’s precipitation was “a pretty big deal,” Gregway noted.

For the month it was only 0.94-inch.

“That is 2.09 inches below average. And, since the first of the year, total precipitation is 17.53 inches; that is 5.39 inches below where we should be at the end of July,” Gregway said. “Things are dry this year, very dry.”

Molly enjoys a romp in Breitbeck Park chasing down toys. The clever canine did her playing in the early morning - before things got too hot and humid last month.
Molly enjoys a romp in Breitbeck Park chasing down toys. The clever canine did her playing in the early morning – before things got too hot and humid last month.

July 2012 goes down as the 9th driest since 1844, Gregway said.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 0.34-inch on the 26th.

The area received 71 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 2 percentages above average.

The number of cloudy days, 8, was average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 14, was 2 above average.

The number of clear days, 9, was 2 below average.

July had just 3 thunderstorm days, which is 3 below average.

There were no foggy days, which is average.

July 2011 was also warm. It was 3.2 degrees above average.

It had 5 thunderstorm days.

Precipitation was 2.59 inches, or 0.44-inch below average last July. For the year, total precipitation at the end of July 2011 was 3.64 inches above average.

It was brighter last July with 77 percent of the possible amount of sunshine and 10 clear days. The month also set 2 new high temperature records.