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July weather had its ups and downs

August 8, 2014

By Gordon D. Fiedler Jr., The Salina Journal, Kan.



Aug. 08--July weather had its ups and downs

By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. Salina Journal -- Friday, August 08, 20142:00 AM

Salina came with a couple of degrees of record highs, lows

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Salina came with a couple of degrees of record highs, lows

July took Salina area residents on a temperature roller coaster, reaching within 3 degrees of tieing a high temperature record and within 2 degrees of matching a record low reading.

The amusement park-like ride included an unamusing high of 107 on July 25, three degrees shy of the 110 record for the day set in 1936.

In all, there were six days last month in which the temperature cracked the century mark. At the other end of the thermometer, the temperature on the morning of July 15 sank to 55 degrees, missing the record low for the day, set in 1967, by 2 degrees.

The all-time records include a 46-degree reading on July 7, 1908, and a pair of 116-degree readings -- on July 18 and 24 -- set in 1936, a year that produced five record high temperature readings. Topping 1936 in the record book was 1934, which produced seven triple-digit readings in July that have yet to be broken.

By July 17, Salinans probably wondered if the area was headed into an early fall. The daily high temperatures had steadily fallen from 104 on July 7 to only 70 by the 17th. Had that rate of decline continued, highs by the end of the month would have approached 50. Alas, it was not to be. By July 21, the area was baking in 105-degree heat.

The wild gyrations produced an average temperature for the month of 79.1 degrees, a whopping 2.2 degrees colder than the July average of 81.3.

The record high-temperature mean is 110.8 degrees, but last month's daily mean was only 91.4 degrees.

The record low-temperature average is 51.7 degrees, compared with 66.7 for last month.

Besides being cooler than normal, July was also drier -- much drier. Last month was the sixth driest July since 1931. Only 0.73 of an inch of rain found its way into the rain gauge.

The driest was in 1940, when a scant 0.21 of an inch was produced. The wettest was July 1993, a flood year, when 17.93 inches fell.

So far for the year, the Salina area has received 16.29 inches, 2.76 less than normal for the first seven months. This makes the January-through-July period the 30th driest. That driest recognition goes to the first seven months of 2002, when by Aug. 1 only 9.03 inches had fallen. The wettest period on record since 1931 was, again, flood year 1993. By the end of July that year, the Salina area had been saturated with 44.56 inches.

August is expected to continue July's pattern, with no 100-plus temperatures in the forecast for the next week, nor improved chances for any rain.

--Gordon D. Fiedler Jr. can be reached at 822-1407 or by email at gfiedler@salina.com.

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