July 2016 Was Dry – ‘Very Dry’

OSWEGO, NY – July 2016 was a warm, sunny and “dry, very dry month.”

The average temperature last month was 73.0 degrees, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

Youngsters enjoy the warm weather at the Children's Museum of Oswego tent during Harborfest. However, the grass in the park is brown due to the extreme lack of rain in July.
Youngsters enjoy the warm weather at the Children’s Museum of Oswego tent during Harborfest. However, the grass in the park is brown due to the extreme lack of rain in July.

That was 2.1 degrees warmer than average.

However, Gregway is quick to add that “it’s no biggie. We’re way down on the all-time warmest list of Julys.”

The highest temperature was 88 degrees on the 13th, 21st and 27th. The lowest was 56 degrees on the 20th.

There were no new records and no 90s, even though it may have felt like it at times, he added.

July had 15 days where the high was 80 degrees or warmer. That included 2 streaks of 4 days in a row and 2 streaks of 3 days in a row.

The overnight low stuck in the 70s on 7 times, with a pair of 2 nights in a row.

Precipitation for July was a derisory 0.52-inch. That is 2.68 inches below average.

Going back to 1844, July 2016 is the second driest on record.

“There were (rain) storms all around us. No matter if they were coming across the lake or wherever, they seemed to break apart and split and miss us,” Gregway said. “It was a dry, very dry month. There were storms right around us, but we never got anything. Unbelievable.”

Since the first of the year, the total precipitation stands at 18.13 inches, which is 4.45 inches below normal.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was a paltry 0.17-inch in July on the 25th.

Measurable precipitation fell on 6 days. There was 2 days of a trace. And, no precipitation was recorded on 23 days, with 3 streaks of 6 days in a row.

There was only 1 thunderstorm last month. That is 5 below average.

There was no fog, which is average.

The area saw 59 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 10 percentages below average.

“I was kind of surprised by that,” Gregway said. “I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was higher.”

The number of cloudy days, 9, was 3 below average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 14, was 1 above average.

The number of clear days, 8, was 2 more than average.

July’s highest barometric pressure was 30.25 on the 20th. The lowest was 29.67 on the 9th.

The strongest winds were west-northwesterly on the 2nd at 28 mph.

Last year, July was 1 degree below average, but that’s still warm, Gregway noted.

The high was 89 degrees and the low was 48 degrees.

July 2015 received 1.66 inches of precipitation that “came in a couple big bangs, Gregway said. But for the year, precipitation was still 1.75 inches below average, he added.

There were 11 clear days and 69 percent sunshine, he said.

And, last July had 2 thunderstorms and 2 foggy days.

For The Record

The driest July on record is 1853 with just 0.13-inch. In third place is 1960 with a mere 0.54-inch. July 2002 sits at number 5 with 0.65-inch. And, 2012 rounds out the top 10 with 0.94-inch

The wettest July is 1992 with 9.35 inches.

July of 1891 is the coolest on record with an average temperature of 64.6 degrees. The warmest is 75.8 degrees in 1921.

July also holds the honor of having the only official 100 degree reading in Oswego. It happened on July 1, 1878.