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September 19, 2018

July Was Warm and Dry


OSWEGO, NY – It was a warm and dry July, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The average temperature was 69.8 degrees. That is 1.0 degree below average.

July's weather was perfect for hanging out near the lake and maybe catching a bite to eat at The Loop.

July’s weather was perfect for hanging out near the lake and maybe catching a bite to eat at The Loop.

“That’s still ‘warm’ in my book,” Gregway noted.

The highest temperature was 89 degrees on the 7th and the lowest was 48 degrees on the 3rd.

There were no records.

And, there were no 90s.

July had 12 days where the high was 80 degrees or warmer – including the last five days in a row, Gregway said.

Just once did the mercury dip into the 40s.

The overnight low fell into the 50s a dozen times.

And, there were 3 nights where the low languished in the 70s.

Total precipitation for the month was 1.66 inches. That is 1.37 inches below average.

There were 9 days of measurable precipitation with 3 streaks of 2 days in a row.

One day had just a trace and 21 days had no precipitation, including streaks of 6 and 5 days in a row.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was July 25-26 when 0.37-inch fell.

At the end of July, precipitation for the year stands at 21.17 inches. That is 1.75 inches below normal.

“We’re still running a deficit,” Gregway said. “But it’s not as bad as it was a couple months ago.”

The number of cloudy days, 7, was 5 below average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 13, was average.

The number of clear days, 11, was 5 above average.

Last month saw the average amount of possible sunshine – 69 percent.

July saw just 2 thunderstorm days. That is 4 below average.

The number of foggy days, 2, was 2 more than normal.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.14 on the 6th and 11th. The lowest was 29.52 on the 14th.

July’s strongest winds were westerly, greater than 30 mph, on the 1st and also northerly on the 15th.

July 2014 was 1.8 degrees below average.

Total precipitation was 5.81 inches. That’s 2.78 inches above average.

“So, it was slightly cooler and much wetter,” Gregway said. “Everything else was rather close.”

The driest July on record is 1853 with just 0.13-inch. The wettest 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.

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