Roundup of some interesting July weather records

Highs/lows for July 30th, 2009 - the west is warm, cooler eastward

Hi/low 07/30/2009 - the west is warm, cooler eastward, records being set both sides

See more maps here

Coldest July ever for Grand Rapids, Michigan
(Grand Rapids Weather Examiner, August 1, 2009)
http://www.examiner.com/x-16403-Grand-Rapids-Weather-Examiner~y2009m8d1-A-new-record-by-01

Coldest July on Record for Huntington, West Virginia
(WOWK-TV, August 1,  2009)
http://wowktv.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=63960

Coolest July Ever for Fort Wayne, Indiana
(Indiana’s NewsCenter, August 1,  2009)
http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/52267097.html

July was coldest on record for International Falls, Minnesota
(FOX 21  News, August 1, 2009)
http://fox21online.com/news/july-was-coldest-record-international-falls

That was the coldest July in Dubuque, Iowa Ever
(Dubuque Telegraph Herald,  August 1, 2009)
http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=251827

Of course, there was also some high temperature records set too, for example in Seattle

Northwest dries out in record triple-digit heat (AP)

http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/northwest-dries-out-in-103724.html

The National Weather Service in Seattle recorded 103 degrees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, breaking a previous record of 100 degrees, set in downtown Seattle in 1941 and repeated at the airport in 1994.

The placement of the ASOS thermometer may have contributed to that high temperature record.

See this map, the red/white striped pole just left of the runway is the ASOS anemometer and wind vane mast. The temperature sensor is on the NW to SE line of dots. Airports do tend to run warmer.

h/t to popular technology

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113 thoughts on “Roundup of some interesting July weather records

  1. Our weatherman in the Dayton/Cinci area of Ohio told us that it was the coldest July on record, and then retracted it after Accuweather recalculated the numbers. It was the second coldest July on record. By .04ºF.

  2. As someone who lives in Southern Oregon, I can state, that YES it was that Hot down here… give or take a few degrees. It was foggy and 70 degrees on the coast, and 109 or hotter in the valley. Until this burst of heat, we have had an extremely cool spring and summer. We just pulled our pea plants due to this last surge of heat. The Garden is confused this year.

  3. In NE Oregon we are finally having summer,100F yesterday in LaGrande.Tomatoes
    finally setting fruit.Makes me wonder that this weather-more like August -isn’t
    a pattern change that wil result in an early fall-just as the tomatoes near ripening!
    Spent lots of time in the 90’s fighting fire out of Medford. Lived in Port Orford, couldn;t
    wait for day off and cool coastal weather….
    Less humid in La Grande ,heat’s a bit easier to take…

  4. If you take the weather records for the Pacific Northwest and subtract a few degrees for UHI, they match up nicely for June29-July4th 1942.
    Many gardens here in NW Ca are reporting problems. Fine line between weak growth/burned up from not enough/too much sun.

  5. Douglas DC (14:19:27) :

    Long range forecasts are saying just that, Doug. Early fall.
    If the weather cools prematurely, try putting some rocks around the tomatoes. Anything to boost the daytime heat. In this 2nd year of weird climate, we are expermenting heavily to keep the production up.

  6. Having just returned from a week in NW Ontario (about an hour north of International Falls, MN) I can only say – turn up the heat… please!!!

  7. July was hottest in city’s history By Jamie Klein –
    San Antonio Express-News 08/01/2009 12:00 CDT

    It should come as no surprise to anyone who stepped outdoors last month that July’s daily average temperatures lit the city’s records on fire. Not only was it the hottest July on record, it also was the hottest month — ever.

    Since May 1, San Antonio has recorded 35 days of 100 degrees or higher, 22 of them in July.

    The stretch of what feels like never-ending heat has been caused partly by a summer subtropical high hovering over North America, suppressing rain formation, said Robert Blaha, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

    And the absence of rain means little moisture on the ground, which then causes warmer temperatures — with seemingly no relief in the immediate future.

    Blaha said the past 23 months, from September 2007 through July, have been the driest the city has ever recorded.

    “It’s been so dry in the area, and that helps things heat up much more efficiently,” Blaha said.

    ________________________________________________________________

    I suspect that UHI had a helping hand, as well as the continuing drought.

    ” the hottest month — ever” above should have said “since 1942″, when the station had a significant move and screwed up the 122 year dataset.

  8. Google 2009 “coldest July” temperatures: 17,000
    Google 2009 “coolest July”temperatures: 14,000
    Google 2009 “average July” temperatures: 27,000
    Google 2009 “warmest July”” temperatures: 15,000
    Google 2009 “hottest July” temperatures: 7,000

    Not a scientific study. The “-est” suffix on these words tends to be used in the past tense, so that clause avoids many predictions. It is necessary to mention temperatures to avoid picking up every other report of “average July” statistics. If the year is omitted the result includes past years, although it is probably skewed toward the recent periods due to older pages being removed for various reasons.

    A Google Trends search which compares popularity of searches; 2006 had a peak of searches for the hottest July.

    http://www.google.com/trends?q=%22coldest+july%22%2C+%22coolest+july%22%2C+%22average+july%22+temperatures%2C+%22warmest+july%22%2C+%22hottest+july%22&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0

  9. You aren’t showing the whole picture, Anthony, unless you put up an article about the insane, hellish, unbelievable, historic drought/heatwave in Texas.

    I’m so envious of others for their cool summer. Ours has been insane, hellish, unbelievable, historic – and altogether horrifying.

    Oh, and the drought here only makes matters worse. I, for one, am PRAYING for El Niño to come, because we need some precip!

    We have had 3-week stretches of 100+ here in San Antonio in August, but nothing like this year in my memory!

  10. The “Arctic Blast” gave Portland, Oregon its highest December snowfall ever, and a huge ridge of high pressure extending to the Yukon resulted in Portland tying its highest recorded temperature.

    I wonder what role, if any, the sunspot cycle is playing in these localized events?

  11. Buffalo ended up with it’s 2nd or 6th (airport versus waterfront, which is significantly colder) coldest July ever. It also ended up with the 2nd coolest June-July combo, a tie for coldest maximum temp through July (85F), fewest 80F+ days through July (9 vs a normal 32), a tie for the fewest 86F+ days through July (0 vs a normal 10), and the fewest cooling degree days through July (154 vs a normal 336). Rochester(NY) ended with it’s 2nd coldest, with the coldest being in 1884. It also has it’s coolest June-July combo ever, coolest yearly maximum ever through July (86F), fewest 80F+ days through July ever (12 vs a normal 35 and the previous record of 15), the fewest 86F+ days through July ever (1 vs a normal 15 and the previous record of 2), and the fewest cooling degree days (144 versus a normal 356). It will be interesting to see August. Me thinks I smell a 1976-1977 coming on… The similarities are numerous.

  12. Interesting that central Alaska is warmer than much of the midwest. Great summer for biking and working outside.

  13. Please send the cold weather to Texas….

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    July 2009 sets record for temperatures

    By Juana Summers
    AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
    Saturday, August 01, 2009

    July 2009 goes down as the hottest month ever recorded, Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist Bob Rose said Friday.

    The previous record, with an average daily temperature of 89.1 degrees, was set in July 1860. Last month, daily temperatures averaged 89.5 degrees.

    July 2009 had 26 days with temperatures over 100 degrees, and 42 days saw triple-digit highs so far this summer.

    http://www.statesman.com/search/content/news/stories/local/2009/08/01/0801hotjuly.html

  14. Please publish the NOAA temp deviation map for July when it comes out.

    I’m feeling some yellow and brown spin art, a “3 warmest July on record” press release, and “despite what you may have felt” doublethink news shills tossed in there.

  15. rbateman (14:31:21) -Thanks, I will try that. Did that in Coos Bay and Port Orford,
    Never thought I’d have to do it here.Airtanker Traffic overhead, W’e’ve had some thunder. Very like late August…

  16. We had few hot days here in Oregon and local warmist and recipient of a NASA grant says:

    http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2009/08/climate_change_teachable_momen.html

    “I’m always looking for teachable moments, and eagerly await the day when TV meteorologists use their relationship with the public to communicate the science of climate change.
    This heat wave is just such a teachable moment.
    I haven’t seen a single mention that this kind of heat wave probably is going to increase in frequency in coming decades. Not every year, but the likelihood of this kind of heat wave and worse occurring is increasing over time. Isn’t that something that viewers would want to know? Couldn’t that information lead to informed decisions, such as to invest in ceiling fans or the kind of heat pumps that provide the most efficient air conditioning?”

    [A near drowning story filled the bulk of his commentary, then]

    “If the boy had drowned, I would have been haunted by his death and my inaction forever.
    Climate change and related issues could lead to situations as serious as the boy faced, only many, many times over. And by not saying anything when we could, those of us in a position to speak about how serious climate change is will feel as I did, only far worse. If not us, who will speak? If not now, when?”

    Richard Brenne is a writer and film and event producer living in Southwest Portland. He is co-moderating an online class called Global Climate Change through Portland Community College with a grant from NASA, and is organizing a series of town meetings to discuss climate and energy issues at Portland State University.

    There’s a comment section at that linked oped piece.
    Take a look.

  17. Here in Ottawa we’ve had our coldest wettest July EVER … well, since we’ve measured these things.

    It was obviously colder when this city was under a couple of kilometers of ice; and wetter when that ice melted – google The Ottawa Embayment.

  18. rbateman, We have, here in Ottawa, had almost continual 100% cloud for this “summer”. This means less heat in the top layers of the Earth soil/rock. Therfore, there is les heat stored and it will become winter earlier.

  19. Ah ah ah! No talk of early fall! This is the only decent summer I’ve ever seen here in the NW. I’m savoring it. Everything will turn to crap soon enough.

  20. As I went for a walk this week and saw the fog blowing across a nearby road in early afternoon, I thought What a nice California winter day!

    Only trouble is, it’s summer.

  21. I believe NOAA intended that to read “most beautiful freakin’ summer ever in Grand Rapids!” Seriously, I’m hoping for a change in the jet stream next month that would leave us in the mid 70’s for 5 straight months, June to October. Michigan is gorgeous at this temp.

  22. A year without a summer in Korea too :

    “In Busan, where Korea’s most popular beaches are located, temperatures did not rise above 30 (C) degrees for a single day in July, as against seven days in July last year… low temperatures is more serious on the east coast… the average high temperature in Gangneung city in July was 26.7 degrees, 3.6 degrees lower than last year… Temperatures are expected to continue cool in early August. ‘It is customary for Korea to see the hottest temperatures of the year between the latter half of July and the first half of August…’ ”

    http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/07/31/2009073100541.html

    h/t ClimateDepot

  23. Last night in Rockford, Illinois I saw a temp reported by Weather Bug (on my computer screen) of 52 F. Unseasonably cold to say the least. We got some 90F temps in April. Which was unseasonably warm to say the least.

  24. Julie L (15:02:23) :

    You aren’t showing the whole picture, Anthony, unless you put up an article about the insane, hellish, unbelievable, historic drought/heatwave in Texas.

    Please; the state of Texas is a large state and *not* all quarters are suffering the same fate.

    We here in Noth Central Texas certainly are not! (DFW area including the cities of Dallas, Ft. Worth, Arlington, Denton, McKinney)

    Some specificity next time please.
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  25. As cool as it was in the central and NE USA, I expect July to be bleow normal for the US. However, AMSU-A showed extraordinarily high temps. Record high, in fact, for some days. Globally, it appears to have been quite a warm July, significantly warmer than last July.

  26. Julie L (15:02:23) : the insane, hellish, unbelievable, historic drought/heatwave in Texas.

    There have been worse droughts.

    The earth is in a cooling trend.

    What is happening in Texas is ‘weather’. Also, don’t discount Urban Heat Island (UHI).

  27. _Jim (16:30:28) :
    Julie L (15:02:23) : Some specificity next time please.

    I wouldn’t expect specificity from commenters like Julie. The specificity you are asking for would make render her comment powerless.

    Julie is trying to create hysteria—i.e., the sky is falling!

  28. here in Dallas we had two weeks of rain in July and hi temps (only) in the 80’s & 90’s. Both unheard of for a N. TX July.

    Back to 102 on Monday, though. Ahhh….that’s more like it.

  29. Upper midwest has been unseasonably cool almost all summer. I’ve taken to calling summer “a pretty nice spring” this year. Even NOAA admits that.

    Meanwhile, NSIDC felt a gleeful need to have a breathless mid-month alert on July 22 about 2009 Arctic ice extant dropping below the 2008 trend line, while neglecting to mention this merely put it on the 2005 trend for this time of year. Well, the next two weeks will be interesting indeed, but the last two days might have the hairs standing up on the back of their neck a little. At any rate, it is now really time to see what we’re going to see about Arctic ice for summer 2009.

  30. As indicated many times it has been quite cool here in the midwest. Locally we set a record for the lowest ever high temp in July (83). Overall it was the second coolest July. The air conditioner has had nothing to do since a couple of days in May. The first week of August is forecast to remain below normal.

    However, I have noticed some of the weeds along creeks and roads are bigger than ever. They must really like the cool temps and/or abundance of CO2.

  31. Hoytn and Schatten in their 1997 work,”The Role of the Sun in Climate Change”, list a number of factors on p87 that can cause problems with getting proper temperature readings. Airports also have large jet engines blasting hot air around that has to have an effect on temperature.

  32. Issued by The National Weather Service
    Nashville, TN
    8:47 am CDT, Sat., Aug. 1, 2009

    … NASHVILLE EXPERIENCED ITS 4TH COOLEST JULY ON RECORD… AND THE WETTEST JULY SINCE 1984…

    THE TEMPERATURE DURING THE MONTH OF JULY IN NASHVILLE AVERAGED 3.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL… MAKING IT THE 4TH COOLEST JULY IN NASHVILLE AND THE COOLEST SINCE 1967. THERE WERE 6 LOWEST DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS… EITHER TIED… OR BROKEN DURING THE MONTH.

    THERE WERE ONLY 4 DAYS DURING THE MONTH OF JULY IN WHICH THE TEMPERATURE REACHED OR EXCEEDED THE 90 DEGREE MARK. THIS TIES THE ALL TIME RECORD ALSO SET IN 1967 FOR THE FEWEST DAYS WITH 90 DEGREES AND ABOVE DURING THE MONTH OF JULY. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE DURING THE MONTH WAS 92 DEGREES ON THE 15TH… AND THE COOLEST WAS 57 DEGREES ON THE 19TH.

    THIS WAS THE WETTEST JULY IN NASHVILLE SINCE 1984… AND THE 22ND WETTEST OUT OF THE LAST 138 YEARS THAT RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT. RAINFALL FOR JULY 2009 TOTALED 6.03 INCHES WHICH IS 2.26 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. NORMAL RAINFALL FOR JULY IS 3.77 INCHES.

    THE FIRST FULL YEAR OF WEATHER RECORDS IN NASHVILLE DATES BACK TO 1871.

  33. The inland Northwest is having high temp records fall to new high record temps all over the place. In a week we will be back to 80’s though. Night time temps are still lower than average and are causing corn and tomato plant problems.

  34. Vancouver International Airport (British Columbia, Canada) recorded the highest temperature *ever* recorded *last* week (according to a local radio station). There have been fires even near the coast. I have not stopped dripping buckets of sweat in weeks (but the trend has finally switched to gradual cooling).

    By sharp contrast, the past 2 years here have been comfortably cool (considered “unusual”). 2003&4 were scorchers (considered “unusual”). 1999 saw record local-mountain snowfall (considered “unusual”). 2006 saw record winter-winds (considered “unusual”). A few short months ago it snowed continuously for 3 straight weeks (considered “unusual”).

    Overall, my impression is that the interannual variability here [directly related to ENSO] is much higher than it “felt” on the Atlantic coast.

  35. geo (17:36:06) :

    “Upper midwest has been unseasonably cool almost all summer. I’ve taken to calling summer “a pretty nice spring” this year. Even NOAA admits that.

    Meanwhile, NSIDC felt a gleeful need to have a breathless mid-month alert on July 22 about 2009 Arctic ice extant dropping below the 2008 trend line, while neglecting to mention this merely put it on the 2005 trend for this time of year. Well, the next two weeks will be interesting indeed, but the last two days might have the hairs standing up on the back of their neck a little. At any rate, it is now really time to see what we’re going to see about Arctic ice for summer 2009″.

    Geo,

    The ice extend is influenced by wind and ocean currents.
    It is transported from the Arctic Ocean into the Atlantic.
    (See icecap.us, last article left column)
    In the mean time the NE passage is blocked. (see climatedepot.com and iceagenow.com

    Simply forget the bla bla bla from the NSIDC.
    They sing the AGW tune which is based on politics instead of science.
    Prepare for another cold winter.

  36. The oceans are still holding heat from the last 10 to 15 years. There is a lot of water out there, a huge heat sink. And the currents carry the heat all over even into the Arctic. But once that heat is dissipated the cooling will accelerate. The poles are getting colder and the interior from the poles toward the equator getting cooler. Where do the glaciers start from? Not the oceans. An occasional hot day (or even a week) in the west and northwest? *That* is weather. The coldest July in memory? *That* is climate. Canadian wheat production is estimated to be down 20% this year. And next year? More fungus on the potato crop then seen in many years. Too cool and damp. Get ready folks. Mother nature is about to give us a chill we have not seen in 200 years. Weather is not the killer, hot or cold, it is man’s arrogance. Instead of being ready for it we’ll have cap and trade. Instead of drilling for oil or digging up coal we’ll have solar heaters for the many cloudy days with rain and snow in our future. I’m moving further south, so should you.

  37. Average July temps for Gjoa Haven 2009 were much cooler than 2008 or 2007 and the NW Passage is plugged with ice.

    Temps high low average for Gjoa Haven
    2007 14.7 5.5 10.1
    2008 13.2 4.9 9.06
    2009 11.1 3.4 7.2

    http://www.climate.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/climateData/dailydata_e.html

    Ice pockets choking Northern Passage: officials

    http://www.windsorstar.com/technology/pockets+choking+Northern+Passage+officials/1853191/story.html

    There is more than one sailboat in Tuk waiting for the ice to clear.
    These sailboats will be lucky to make it through the NW Passage this year.
    Might be like kayaking to the North Pole in 2008.

    http://www.aroundtheamericas.org/

  38. _Jim (16:30:28) :

    I would not be so dismissive of Julie’s comment. UHI (and siting issues) could be the deciding factor in the record temperature in Seattle, but the heat wave in southern Texas is amazing and historic. (Meanwhile, I am not alarmed because heat waves and dry weather is not unprecedented in Texas.)

  39. Dave The Engineer (18:23:04) :

    Uhh. No thanks. Alarmist, for sure, just not in the way we are used to.

  40. I’ve lived my entire life in Temple, TX. It has been extremely hot here in central Texas but due to the lack of rain the humidity has been very low. I have been able to tolerate this summer better than the years of normal heat but higher humidity. I finally got an inch of rain last Thursday and now the humidity is horrible.

  41. An Inquirer (18:32:10) :

    _Jim (16:30:28) :

    I would not be so dismissive of Julie’s comment. UHI (and siting issues) could be the deciding factor …

    No, this isn’t the case.

    In the Austin and San Antonio area they *have* had drought conditions whereas we have not. As a matter of fact we had roughly three inches of rain over just the last three days, and I have not had to run the sprinklers/soaker hose for going on three weeks now on account of rain every several days. Prior to that we had *real* temps in the 100’s and I went through 2 cycles of watering (5 days or so between soaking the ground).

    See, we have been receiving rain as a matter of the workings of several cold fronts that have progressed this far down (quite unusual for July here in North Central Texas), but by the time what remained of those ‘cold fronts’ upon reaching central Texas they got bupkis in the way of rain.

    An Inquirer, I’m not just ‘readin the data’ I’m living the weather down here; no A/C in the car (3rd or 4th yr now) and down to one window A/C unit – believe me, I *feel* the changes in the weather down here more than most!
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  42. More weather is not climate….
    Just south of Calgary Ab. I recorded a slightly above average july (.4C), yet the better part of July was below normal and then the heat hit in the last 2 weeks to save us. However, we are about to go cool again! And Yes, BC is smoke’n hot!

    …and if its record highs its global warming….cool weather is only weather…..right….

  43. I have seen places like Austin and San Antonio in the post above, well I will add one for Houston. The Houston area had it driest and hottest May-July period on record. I was driving in the areas southwest of Houston last weekend and saw just about every crop that was planted was ruined. August and possibly September will continue the hot dry weather for much and south central and southeast Texas. The only hope I see is that an El Nino is on the way and every fall ( October in general) was cool and wet evey year with an El Nino coming on that year. The only expection was 2004. August 2004 was relatively cool here in the Houston area. I have look back to the early 90’s and every October since 1994 was very wet and cool in the Houston before and El Nino winter. Bring on the El Nino.

  44. Louisville 81.0 87.0 -6.0 1st
    Lexington 80.3 85.9 -5.6 2nd
    Frankfort 80.4 86.9 -6.5 1st
    Bowling Green 83.2 89.2 -6.0 1st

  45. Steve S. Sunday’s “The Seattle Times” Pacific Northwest insert had a somewhat similar article in which a fourth grade teacher is touted as a key organizer of the city’s green schools. Here’s a sample Q and A. “Q: Do kids get this green thing? A: I think it’s become part of the culture in a lot of ways. They know about it, they care about it. Q: Any angry parents? A: Five years ago you could have one or two families in the classroom that, even if you’re reading an article about global warming, they would challenge you. That’s pretty much gone away now.” Scary how easy it is to dupe even intelligent people and talk about using psychology –you are a misfit if you question his stance, get it?
    The insert carried other similar stories — all from the same “green” angle.
    The comments are running 50/50 so far, but, with little quality from either side.
    Many fine people are mislead by these types of articles as they are never taught the science of the CO2. That said, the Oregonians did appear well-versed, but there seems to be no giving up on this ruse.

  46. Here’s how it was in New Zealand last month; it’s been a cold wet winter for many, confirmed by NIWA, our national met service:

    ‘ For the third month on end, temperatures below average have been posted across most of the country, with North Otago leading the way.

    The national average temperature of 7.3degC was 0.4degC below the long-term average for July, according to Niwa statistics released today.

    North Otago, alpine areas of Canterbury and Westland, and Waiouru all recorded average temperatures between 1.2 and 2.0degC below normal for July, while most other regions experienced temperatures between 0.5 and 1.0degC lower than average.

    Canterbury squeezed out the highest temperature, recording 20.8degC on the last day of the month.

    The lowest temperature was -11.7degC, recorded in Middlemarch in Central Otago on the 19th.’

    Canterbury’s high, by the way, was the Nor-wester Fohn wind, in advance of a fairly beefy depression.

  47. I don’t know who recorded that 92 degrees in Pennsylvania on that date – it certainly wasn’t that hot here. It is a little heat island all by itself with cooler temps to the south and west.

    Curious

  48. UHI at Austin’s station of record, Camp Mabry, is considerable.

    The meteorologist from the Lower Colorado River Authority, Bob Rose, quoted in the Austin American-Statesman article above, acknowledged how significant UHI is in a personal e-mail to me just a week ago. I asked if he would reconsider his alarmist statements at the time, given the effect on the temperature.

    Still waiting to hear from him on that.

    Although plenty hot, July at Austin’s Bergstrom International Airport, a rural station (compared to Camp Mabry), was tied for 5th warmest with 1951.

    Data here: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/ewx/aus/ausmontemp.pdf

  49. Weather is not climate, but what this year is clearly demonstrating is that no person or place experiences climate. All you ever get to see is weather and the local range of variability is so much larger than any foreseeable change in the climate that the suggestion of future catastrophe is almost laughable. We’ve been hearing for years about how petrified we should be by the declining ice in the Arctic. Well,we’ve had about a decade of seriously reduced summer ice there, can anyone point me to some dread development that can be definitively linked to that ice decline?
    Locally we had zero days with a positive departure from the daily normal average for july and have only had 19 since the First of May. Accuweather says we were 5.5 degrees below average for the month. With the cool weather we ended up about 2 inches short of average for precip.

  50. Atlanta, GA, southeat USA up at about 950 feet elevation also set a record low temperature in July, with general temp’s low all month in June and July.

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    geo (17:36:06) :

    Upper midwest has been unseasonably cool almost all summer. I’ve taken to calling summer “a pretty nice spring” this year. Even NOAA admits that.

    Meanwhile, NSIDC felt a gleeful need to have a breathless mid-month alert on July 22 about 2009 Arctic ice extant dropping below the 2008 trend line, while neglecting to mention this merely put it on the 2005 trend for this time of year. Well, the next two weeks will be interesting indeed, but the last two days might have the hairs standing up on the back of their neck a little.

    But did you notice that back in March-April-May 2009 — when the AMSRE sea ice extents were at all time record highs ever! — the NSIDC were suspiciously quite and said nothing at all?

    When sea ice levels recovered all the way through 2008 from their record low levels in 2007, did you notice they said … “Nothing” either, other than to predict doom and gloom and – for the first time ever – began complaining that “first year ice” was easy to melt.

  51. South Texas could use a nice tropical storm or two. Goes to show that nothing, including a hurricane, is all bad.

  52. Wisconsin has been unseasonably cold this whole summer, which started two to three weeks late. On August 2, at least 20 people who swam in Lake Michigan for a triathalon were treated for hypothermia. Hypothermia in August is unheard of here.
    See http://www.cbs58.com/index.php?aid=8608

  53. Dave The Engineer (18:23:04) : “Get ready folks. Mother nature is about to give us a chill we have not seen in 200 years. Weather is not the killer, hot or cold, it is man’s arrogance. Instead of being ready for it we’ll have cap and trade. Instead of drilling for oil or digging up coal we’ll have solar heaters for the many cloudy days with rain and snow in our future.”

    WELL SAID.

    Worth repeating again and again and again: “Weather is not the killer, hot or cold, it is man’s arrogance.”

    YES

    Chris
    Norfolk, VA, USA

  54. The South Bend, IN area is about 70 miles as the crow flies from Ft. Wayne and we had a record cool July as well. Our tomatoes are finally starting to ripen.

    RECORD EVENT REPORT

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
    541 AM EDT SAT AUG 1 2009

    …ALL TIME RECORD COLDEST JULY AT SOUTH BEND…

    THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE FOR JULY 2009 WAS 68.3 DEGREES. THE
    PREVIOUS RECORD COLD JULY WAS 68.5 SET IN 1996.

    THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 68.3 DEGREES…4.7 DEGREES BELOW
    NORMAL.

    THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS 86 DEGREES ON THE 15TH AND THE COOLEST TEMPERATURE WAS 49 ON THE 14TH.

    THE LAST TIME THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE IN JULY WAS JUST 86 DEGREES WAS IN JULY 2000…

    ALL OTHER JULY HIGHEST TEMPERATURES ON RECORD HAD A HIGH TEMPERATURES OF AT LEAST 87 DEGREES.

    THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE THIS MONTH WAS 77.9 DEGREES…

    WHICH IS A RECORD FOR THE COOLEST AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE.

    THE AVERAGE MONTHLY LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 58.6 DEGREES
    AND THIS RANKED AS THE 5TH COOLEST FOR AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURES.

  55. This thread seems to be for the US.
    In Greece we have had up to now a more or less “air conditioned” summer. July temperatures were seldom over 36C, something quite unusual, since we get normally a few days with 40’s in a row, when the wind is from Africa. I have never seen the sea as cool in July as this year.

    Lets see if August will restore the balance or it will be like a September.

  56. You guys still don’t understand that the global warming theory is about the long term average temperature, and occasional cool temperatures in regional areas are not inconsistent wit the theory. This whole article misunderstands not only the theory of global warming, but also elementary statistical concepts such as random variables and statistical significance. What a surprise — another source of disputing the global warming theory which is based entirely upon ignorance!!!

  57. Donald Davison (22:37:34) :

    A theory is tested by facts. The weather is a fact. Recent facts challenge the AGW theory. It’s called science. Get over it.

  58. Donald Davison (22:37:34) :
    You guys still don’t understand that the global warming theory is about the long term average temperature, and occasional cool temperatures in regional areas are not inconsistent wit the theory.

    The trouble is that nothing that can happen will ever be considered inconsistent with their theory by the climate alarmists, even the copious amounts of observational evidence that is in contradiction of the predictions of their sacred GCMs. Seen any sign of that equatorial hotspot lately? Check the global mean net radiative flux numbers for the last 25 yrs. Still worried about warming? Note that the Sahara is greening up around the edges. Plant growth is accelerating. Catastrophic weather is flat or declining. Still can’t shake that uneasy feeling? Around here it goes from -30 in the winter to 100+ in the summer pretty much annually, except for this year,and people have been managing to deal with it for quite a while now, so if your willing to suck it up and quit being such a smarta** whiner, you’ll probably be able to deal with whatever the climate decides to do with itself in the coming years.(rant off)

  59. I agree with Donald Davison‚ you don’t understand so let me explain:
    Hot day = Man made global warming
    Record cold and snow = Weather

  60. Perhaps this is Donald Davison’s first visit to this site. I’m sure that if he read more of the threads here he would realise that contributors here don’t just sit around complaining about the effect the weather is having on their tomatoes, but also discuss climate in a knowledgeable and rigorously scientific way. So visit more often, Mr Davison – read and learn.

    (P.S. – I exclude myself from the bit about being “knowledgeable and rigorously scientific”, by the way.)

  61. Now someone ask a climate alarmist what July would have looked like if there had not been any AGW from CO2. Is that where we’d want to be?

  62. QUoting:
    “We have had 3-week stretches of 100+ here in San Antonio in August, but nothing like this year in my memory!”
    Commenting:
    I have heard a lot of people say that. None of them around here seem to recall 1998 when there were temperatures up to 110. Perhaps it is suppresssion of traumatic memories. I have not found this summer to be particularly hot or cool. I’ve lived in Houston for more than half a century.

  63. Of course, both the heat in the west & the cold in the east are the result of the same phenomena – a highly amplified (for this time of year) and static upper level pattern, so the records are more symptomatic of that than anything else.

    I think I recall Joe Bastardi @ Accuwx discussing the correlation between solar maximums & non-amplified (zonal) patterns & highly amplified pattern & solar minimums – back at the last solar maximum & we had a particularly warm winter in the US, dominated by zonal flow & Pacific air – all the arctic air stayed bottled up in Canada.

    Speaking of records, the trof did back far enough west last week for some record setting cold here in Denver. Also brought snow to the mtns – the tops Mt Evans was completely white last Friday:

    000
    SXUS75 KBOU 310155
    RERBOU

    RECORD EVENT REPORT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
    755 PM MDT THU JUL 30 2009

    …RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE SET IN DENVER FOR JULY 30TH…

    THE HIGH TEMPERATURE AT THE DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TODAY WAS
    64 DEGREES. THIS ESTABLISHES A NEW LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE
    DATE. THE OLD RECORD WAS 66 DEGRESS SET BACK IN 1925 AND PREVIOUS
    YEARS.

    JK

  64. Sorry, I didn’t see the previous posts above mentioning Central Texas .

    I agree with Harold Ambler on his UHI remarks. I live in Leander which is just about 10 miles NW of Camp Mabry and more rural and our temps have not been quite that high….but still quite hot.

    I bet if the drought was not on, the temps would be a bit lower also. So I wonder if these temps are more related to the drought vs alarmist warming.

  65. Is this more records on the extremes being set? In other words, might we interpret records on the extremes in increasing numbers as evidence of more energy in the atmosphere, which is one of the early claims of warming?

    Or is it fewer records on the extremes?

  66. David (18:34:39) :
    Alarmist? Perhaps. But with a whole lot more technical and historical support then the AGWs. Plus I would never try to use the power of government to force my beliefs on the rest of the nation/world. Besides the vast majority of my alarm is focused on the government’s response to this AGW BS. My moving south is a personal belief that the energy delivery system will be so disrupted by the current administration that my family will freeze. Hot or cold weather is survivable (The Bedouin and Eskimos prove that). Idiocy, corruption and Marxism no so survivable. Again I have historical support for that statement as well. To err is human, to truly screw up takes a government. Yes I’m alarmed, and you should be too.

  67. Colorado’s July 2009 climate summary shows we are about 3.2 degree F cooler than average (mean) for 2009, and 8 fewer 90+deg F days than usual.

    000
    CXUS55 KBOU 031342
    CLMDEN

    CLIMATE REPORT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOULDER, CO
    1020 AM MDT SUN AUG 2 2009

    …THE DENVER CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2009…

    CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1971 TO 2000
    CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1872 TO 2009

    WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S
    VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S)
    NORMAL
    ……………………………………………………….
    TEMPERATURE (F)
    RECORD
    HIGH 105 07/20/2005
    LOW 42 07/04/1903
    07/31/1873
    HIGHEST 93 07/24 105 -12 100 07/20
    LOWEST 49 07/31 42 7 51 07/09
    AVG. MAXIMUM 84.0 88.0 -4.0 93.7
    AVG. MINIMUM 56.5 58.7 -2.2 61.5
    MEAN 70.2 73.4 -3.2 77.6
    DAYS MAX >= 90 7 15.0 -8.0 26
    DAYS MAX <= 32 0 0.0 0.0 0
    DAYS MIN <= 32 0 0.0 0.0 0
    DAYS MIN = .01 15 9.3 5.7 5
    DAYS >= .10 7 MM MM 1
    DAYS >= .50 3 MM MM 0
    DAYS >= 1.00 1 MM MM 0
    GREATEST
    24 HR. TOTAL 1.03 07/20 TO 07/21

    Larry

  68. Regarding the drought in Texas , might I suggest employing the rain bringing ritual recently used in Bihar provence in India ? (There was a link in another post last month). Apparently it works , as today’s WSJ online reports torrential rain and flooding there over the weekend .

  69. Tom G say:

    I don’t know who recorded that 92 degrees in Pennsylvania on that date – it certainly wasn’t that hot here. It is a little heat island all by itself with cooler temps to the south and west.

    I blame it on a failure to properly teleconnect.

  70. Gene Nemetz (16:45:09) :
    _Jim (16:30:28) :
    Julie L (15:02:23) : Some specificity next time please.

    I wouldn’t expect specificity from commenters like Julie. The specificity you are asking for would make render her comment powerless.

    Julie is trying to create hysteria—i.e., the sky is falling!

    EXCUSE ME FOR GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN.

    The heck I’m trying to create hysteria! [snip. Be nice. ~ Evan]
    Do I have to quote my anti-AGW credentials if I HAPPEN to post something that the majority of this blog doesn’t want to hear? [You are certainly welcome to post stuff the majority does not want to hear. ~ Evan]

    The weather has been insane in Texas. FWIW, Dallas is North Texas – Central Texas includes Austin and Georgetown, which have been nearly as hot as San Antonio.

    You want data?
    HERE, have your data.

    000
    NOUS44 KEWX 021535
    PNSEWX
    TXZ171>173-183>194-202>209-217>225-228-031200-

    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
    1035 AM CDT SUN AUG 2 2009

    …WARMEST JULY AND MONTH FOR AUSTIN MABRY AND SAN ANTONIO IN 2009…
    …DRY PERIOD FROM SEPTEMBER 2007 TO JULY 2009 CONTINUED…

    JULY 2009 WAS THE WARMEST JULY AND ALL-TIME MONTH AT AUSTIN MABRY
    FROM 1854 TO JULY 2009 AND AT SAN ANTONIO FROM 1885 TO JULY 2009.
    AT DEL RIO…JULY 2009 WAS THE 3RD WARMEST JULY AND 3RD WARMEST
    MONTH FROM 1906 TO JULY 2009. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR JULY 2009
    WAS 89.5 AT AUSTIN MABRY…90.0 AT DEL RIO…88.7 AT SAN ANTONIO…
    AND 87.8 AT AUSTIN BERGSTROM.

    THE TABLE BELOW LISTS THE WARMEST JULYS OF RECORD.

    AUSTIN MABRY 1854 TO 2009

    1. 89.5 JULY 2009…ALSO WARMEST ALL-TIME MONTH 1854 TO JULY 2009
    2. 89.1 JULY 1860
    3. 88.3 JULY 1879 AND JULY 1884
    4. 88.0 JULY 1998

    AUSTIN BERGSTROM 1943 TO 2009

    1. 88.5 JULY 1954
    2. 88.2 JULY 1994
    3. 88.0 JULY 1956 AND JULY 1957
    4. 87.9 JULY 1980
    5. 87.8 JULY 2009 AND JULY 1951

    DEL RIO 1906 TO 2009

    1. 91.7 JULY 1998
    2. 90.1 JULY 1980
    3. 90.0 JULY 2009
    4. 89.7 JULY 1953 AND JULY 2000

    SAN ANTONIO 1885 TO 2009

    1. 88.7 JULY 2009…ALSO WARMEST ALL-TIME MONTH 1885 TO JULY 2009
    2. 88.1 JULY 1980 AND JULY 1998
    3. 87.9 JULY 1994
    4. 87.3 JULY 1996

    THE TABLE BELOW SHOWS THE NUMBER OF 100 DEGREE DAYS IN JULY 2009 AT
    LOCATIONS ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS. THE 22 100 DEGREE DAYS AT
    SAN ANTONIO IN JULY 2009 BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 21 DAYS FOR 100
    DEGREE DAYS IN JULY AND ANY MONTH…PREVIOUSLY SET IN JULY 1998.

    LOCATION NUMBER OF 100 DEGREE DAYS
    IN JULY OF 2009

    NEW BRAUNFELS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT……….27
    SAN ANTONIO STINSON FIELD…………….26
    AUSTIN MABRY………………………..26
    HONDO………………………………25
    UVALDE……………………………..25
    SAN MARCOS………………………….25
    DEL RIO…………………………….24
    LA GRANGE…………………………..23
    AUSTIN BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT…23
    SAN ANTONIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT……..22
    GIDDINGS……………………………20
    KERRVILLE…………………………..19
    PLEASANTON………………………….17
    LLANO………………………………17
    BURNET……………………………..13

    IN ADDITION…THE 23 MONTH PERIOD FROM SEPTEMBER 2007 TO JULY 2009
    WAS THE DRIEST 23 MONTH PERIOD AT SAN ANTONIO FROM 1885 TO 2009 AND
    THE 13TH DRIEST 23 MONTH PERIOD AT AUSTIN MABRY FROM 1856 TO 2009.

    THE DRIEST 23 MONTHS AT SAN ANTONIO AND AUSTIN MABRY ARE
    LISTED BELOW.

    SAN ANTONIO…DRIEST 23 MONTHS 1885 TO 2009…1,473 SEPARATE
    23 MONTH PERIODS

    1. 24.38 SEPTEMBER 2007 TO JULY 2009
    2. 28.94 NOVEMBER 1908 TO SEPTEMBER 1910
    3. 29.18 SEPTEMBER 1954 TO JULY 1956
    4. 29.21 MARCH 1955 TO JANUARY 1957
    5. 29.45 JANUARY 1909 TO NOVEMBER 1910
    6. 29.68 DECEMBER 1908 TO OCTOBER 1910
    7. 29.70 AUGUST 1954 TO JUNE 1956
    8. 29.85 OCTOBER 1908 TO AUGUST 1910
    9. 29.88 NOVEMBER 1909 TO SEPTEMBER 1911
    10. 30.32 JUNE 1954 TO APRIL 1956
    11. 30.34 APRIL 1955 TO FEBRUARY 1957
    12. 30.35 MARCH 1909 TO JANUARY 1911

    AUSTIN MABRY…DRIEST 23 MONTHS 1856 TO 2009…1,821 SEPARATE
    23 MONTH PERIODS

    1. 31.94 OCTOBER 1916 TO AUGUST 1918
    2. 32.09 JUNE 1954 TO APRIL 1956
    3. 32.19 NOVEMBER 1916 TO SEPTEMBER 1918
    4. 32.41 MARCH 1955 TO JANUARY 1957
    5. 32.95 FEBRUARY 1954 TO DECEMBER 1955 AND JANUARY 1954 TO NOVEMBER 1955
    6. 33.18 NOVEMBER 1954 TO SEPTEMBER 1956
    7. 33.34 SEPTEMBER 1916 TO JULY 1918
    8. 33.59 SEPTEMBER 1954 TO JULY 1956
    9. 33.67 DECEMBER 1954 TO OCTOBER 1956
    10. 33.98 OCTOBER 1954 TO AUGUST 1956
    11. 34.32 MARCH 1954 TO JANUARY 1956
    12. 34.39 MAY 1954 TO MARCH 1956
    13. 34.46 SEPTEMBER 2007 TO JULY 2009
    14. 34.53 JULY 1954 TO MAY 1956
    15. 34.62 AUGUST 1954 TO JUNE 1956

    EVEN THOUGH JULY 2009 WAS THE WARMEST MONTH AT AUSTIN MABRY AND
    SAN ANTONIO…THERE WAS A 7 DAY STRETCH 9 YEARS AGO THAT WAS
    THE WARMEST 7 DAY OR 1 WEEK PERIOD FOR AUSTIN MABRY AND
    SAN ANTONIO. FROM AUGUST 30 TO SEPTEMBER 5…2000 THE AVERAGE
    TEMPERATURE AT AUSTIN MABRY WAS 92.6…AND FROM AUGUST 31 TO
    SEPTEMBER 6…2000 THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 90.9 AT SAN ANTONIO.
    DURING THE EARLY SEPTEMBER OF 2000 HEAT WAVE…THE ALL-TIME HOTTEST
    DAY OF RECORD AT AUSTIN ANS SAN ANTONIO WAS OBSERVED ON TUESDAY…
    SEPTEMBER 5…2000…WHEN THE HIGH WAS 112 AT AUSTIN MABRY…
    112 AT AUSTIN BERGSTROM…AND 111 AT SAN ANTONIO. THE ALL-TIME
    HOTTEST DAY AT DEL RIO WAS 112 ON JUNE 9…1988.

    THE HEAT FOR JULY 2009 WAS OF LONGER DURATION…AND BEGAN IN THE
    EARLY TO MID PART OF JUNE. THE SUMMER OF 2009 IS SO FAR ON
    TRACK TO BECOME ONE OF THE WARMER SUMMERS. THE PERIOD FROM
    JUNE 1ST TO JULY 31ST…2009 WAS THE WARMEST JUNE TO JULY PERIOD
    AT AUSTIN MABRY AND SAN ANTONIO…AND THE 4TH WARMEST AT DEL RIO.

    THE TABLE BELOW LISTS THE WARMEST PERIODS FROM JUNE 1ST TO JULY 31ST
    AT AUSTIN MABRY…DEL RIO…AND SAN ANTONIO.

    AUSTIN MABRY WARMEST JUNE 1ST TO JULY 31ST PERIODS 1898 TO 2009.

    1. 88.0 JUNE 1 TO JULY 31…2009
    2. 87.1 JUNE 1 TO JULY 31…1998
    3. 87.0 JUNE 1 TO JULY 31…2008
    4. 86.9 JUNE 1 TO JULY 31…1925

    SAN ANTONIO WARMEST JUNE 1ST TO JULY 31ST PERIODS 1885 TO 2009.

    1. 87.5 JUNE 1 TO JULY 31…2009
    2. 87.2 JUNE 1 TO JULY 31…1998
    3. 86.6 JUNE 1 TO JULY 31…1980
    4. 86.2 JUNE 1 TO JULY 31…1994

    DEL RIO WARMEST JUNE 1ST TO JULY 31ST PERIODS 1906 TO 2009.

    1. 90.4 JUNE 1 TO JULY 31…1998
    2. 89.5 JUNE 1 TO JULY 31…1953
    3. 88.7 JUNE 1 TO JULY 31…1980
    4. 88.6 JUNE 1 TO JULY 31…2009

    $$

  71. Now you guys can quote the UHI all you want – July hasn’t been this hot in years. As I said above, I expect about 3 weeks with triple-digit temps in August, but 22 days worth in July is very unusual.

    That being said – two years ago we had a very cool summer – in 2007 IIRC we didn’t hit 100 once, and had lots of rain.

    Oh, and yes – I certainly do know the difference between weather and climate change. I’ve read this blog for about a year now. How long have YOU been here, Gene Nemetz?

  72. I posted this in a previous blog but it really belongs here . The early signs of the El Nino [ warmer than normal P ACIFIC ocean off the northwest coast] has warmed up the US Northwest and British Columbia.
    One of the problems that I observe in making country wide comparisons of the current climate and the possibility of a cooling in the future in United States is that there are many diverse climate conditions here. NCDC has divided US into 9 regions .The average annual temperatures for these regions range from 63 F to 43 F and the winter temperatures range from 47 F to 17 F. One can divide the country down the middle or about at 40 N.
    US TOTAL
    The annual temperature went down for all the individual regions in 2008 and the annual temperature for the entire Contiguous US has gone down a total 2 degrees F during the last two years and is now at the average temperature level for the last 100 years for the country as a whole [no global warming for 100 years?]. The winter temperature for 2009 for Contiguous US went up by about 0.37degrees F having dropped about 3.49 F degrees since 2000 It is just slightly [0.71 F] above the average for the winter of 2009.
    REGIONS
    When it comes to winter temperatures there is a different picture regionally. The winter temperatures for most of southern regions have gone up for the lasts 1-2 years and are above normal. The winter temperatures for most of the northern regions have gone down for the last 3-4 years and are below normal. I note that the winter temperature for EAST NORTH CENTRAL alone has dropped an amazing 11.9 degrees F since 1998. So while the northern regions already feel the cooling happening especially during the past 3-4 winters, the southern regions are still above normal with warming winter temperatures still. So mixed messages about cool and warm weather in different parts of US will continue for a while.

    http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/cag3/cag3.html

  73. Louisville KY first July in history without a 90 degree day Avg high of 81.1 was coolest avg high on record. Avg temp of 73.4 was the 2nd coolest on record

  74. I have been loving the global warming in Northern Wisconsin this summer. Our average mean temp is down 5.7 degrees. We have not had a 90+ day in July.
    Like I said, I’m loving it. I have been out making firewood most of July. Usually we don’t start until after Labor Day because it is too hot/humid/buggy. Not this year. I am almost done on Aug 1.

    Unfortunately it also comes with severe drought with precip, since Jan 1 it is off about 32%. Since Jan 1RFE=12.17 normal=17.81 anomaly= -5.64
    It has been a rough ride for us whitewater river fans, and gardens are either irrigated or dead.

    On my blog I have been referring to it as the air conditioned summer.
    Here is a temp related fillet of our latest climate report..

    000
    CXUS53 KGRB 010652
    CLMRHI

    CLIMATE REPORT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY
    149 AM CDT SAT AUG 1 2009

    ……………………………..

    …THE RHINELANDER CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2009…

    CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1971 TO 2000
    CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1908 TO 2009

    WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S
    VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S)
    NORMAL
    ……………………………………………………….
    TEMPERATURE (F)
    RECORD
    HIGH 108 07/13/1936
    LOW 32 07/30/1928
    HIGHEST 86 07/10 90 -4 86 07/07
    LOWEST 40 07/13 42 -2 45 07/14
    07/04
    AVG. MAXIMUM 73.9 78.6 -4.7 79.4
    AVG. MINIMUM 49.1 55.7 -6.6 54.7
    MEAN 61.5 67.2 -5.7 67.0
    DAYS MAX >= 90 0 2.0 -2.0 0

    ____________________________________________________________

    The weekend of July 17 is traditionally very warm. Not this year..

    00
    SXUS73 KGRB 180310 CCA
    RERGRB

    RECORD EVENT REPORT…CORRECTION/UPDATE
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WI
    1010 PM CDT FRI JUL 17 2009

    …RECORD COLD MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL
    WISCONSIN…

    THROUGH 700 PM CDT THE FOLLOWING RECORD COLD MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES
    HAVE BEEN SET OR TIED.

    CITY TODAYS HIGH (THROUGH 7 PM) RECORD/YEAR

    ANTIGO 64 65 SET IN 1984
    APPLETON 66 70 SET IN 1903/1939
    GREEN BAY 65 66 SET IN 1924
    MANITOWOC 64 65 SET IN 1918
    MARSHFIELD 62 63 SET IN 1939
    MERRILL 62 66 SET IN 1976/1984
    OSHKOSH 65 65 SET IN 1939
    RHINELANDER 62 64 SET IN 1984
    STEVENS POINT 63 71 SET IN 1979
    STURGEON BAY 64 64 SET IN 1924
    WAUSAU 62 66 SET IN 1984
    WISCONSIN RAPIDS 64 65 SET IN 1939

    It has been one nice summer in Northern WI. If we could get this and normal rainfall every summer it would be absolutely wonderful.

  75. Here in central California we just had another much above normal month in July, making every month in Fresno this year above normal (except -.04 in June). Fortunately I don’t live in Fresno but in the Sierra Nevada foothills, where it has also been much above normal (no UHI effects). This is just a year of persistent, high amplitude, ridges and troughs. I’d be curious if anyone knows of any research studying amplitude and duration of Rossby waves during different cycles of the PDO/ADO.

  76. When the jet stream is in its Northern or neutral track (resulting from a cold or neutral PDO), the stretch of Southern states from California to Texas will be hot, dry, dustbowlish and filled with fires! However, the dust created is an essential ingredient to the reseeding of the fisheries off the coast of California when the PDO flips back to warm. These folks need to learn how to live with it. Logging families do it all the time. It is feast or famine up here so they have learned over the century to put away in times of plenty in order to survive the drought that is sure to come.

    • Yes, North America was SO COLD that thousands of Canadians had to leave their homes because of wlidfires. Wildfires in Canada? That’s quite not in line with the “unseasonably cold” weather that is reported here, no?

  77. Wildfires can occur in cold dry climates. If dry fuel is available, along with a fire source, you will get fire.

  78. Howdy Flanagan.

    Don’t freak out, but there are fires in Canada every year, to the tune of millions of acres. No visible trend, though. Whenever possible, the Canadians allow the fires to burn themselves out, especially those in the northern reaches.

    Fires in the United States burned about 25 million acres a year in the 1920s. These days, we seldom exceed 10 million acres a year.

    It’s going to be alright.

    ________________________________________

    Here in Austin, we had a record cold temperature at the airport this morning (following from NWS):

    Statement as of 05:26 PM CDT on August 03, 2009

    … Record low temperature set at Austin Bergstrom…

    a record low temperature of 65 degrees was set at Austin Bergstrom today.
    This ties the old record of 65 set in 1973.

    ——————————————

    And, yes, Central Texas has been hot (and dry).

  79. In Oregon, where fire suppression reigns supreme in our forests, the fuel load is as high as its ever been. The trees haven’t been thinned (the forest service no longer does that) or logged much and the floors are covered in deep piles of downed timber, brush, and organic debris. On top of that, idiots have bought their little forested acre and built a log cabin on it the size of a mansion. With no water in site in case they need to put out a fire. We could very well see fires like 1900-1915. However, back then the fires didn’t kill anybody (much) or burn down homes, and the healthy trees survived because the forest floor was relatively clear and the trees were spaced further apart.

    What we need is a forest products industry that isn’t dependent on housing. Wood products should be more than just lumber. Lots more. That way our loggers will keep our forests clean so when fire happens, it won’t be catastrophic.

    To that end I think all forests should be returned to state ownership and local control. Let us build forest products from fuel to furniture to lumber and more. Put no cap on using wood to keep our homes warm. With scrubbers, the aerosols can be eliminated from chimneys, our forests will be healthy, and a strong economy can once again be obtained.

  80. Agreed about using everything possible when taking trees.

    On the other hand, “scrubbers,” so far as I know, means catalytic converters. These tend to negatively affect a wood stove’s performance a fair amount and lead to chimney plaque. There are very smart stoves, though, that burn the wood and burn the smoke in another chamber. Extremely beautiful, extremely efficient, and next to nothing up the chimney. Of course, you have to season the wood, whenever trying to maximize efficiency and minimize pollution, and doing so requires more space (and time) than a lot of people have.

  81. Seeing so many comments about current local temperatures compared to average local temperatures reminds me that global averages should be ignored. As has been mentioned frequently, nobody lives at average. Instead we should look at long term trends at many individual places. Then look a various collections of those records, such as similar latitude, similar elevation, similar topography, similar wind patterns, similar proximity to various kinds and sizes of bodies of water. In such groupings, discontinuities in the data do not have to be filled in, and station moves can be treated as different stations. We might actually learn something about climate. Numerical results would be easier to verify or refute. They would be more believable and hence more likely to be believed.

  82. Harold, I have the second chamber stove you talk about. You are also right about the wood. Pissy wood doesn’t burn so well. Piss Willow (known as weeping willow) is the worst. Plus it smells bad when burning. Cottonwood burns long and hot but creates lots of ash. No bother though. It cleans the chimney and heat efficiently. I’ll take seasoned Cottonwood over anything but Tamarack. Tamarack is the best.

  83. Go Pamela! (18:56:03)

    O/T- Wood burners-
    There are some very efficient wood burning stoves. I use a Napolean 1400. It uses air injection to do a secondary burn, and it flashes over a random swirling gas flame sort of like the aurora as it re-burns the products of incomplete combustion. Not only is it extremely efficient, it is really cool to watch.

    More on topic, I actually used the wood burner in June of this year, and on the night of July 17 & 18 above, when it got down to 40. That is a first. I have never had to light the wood stove in June or July before. Usually the air conditioner is grinding away, I think that the AC was maybe on 4 times this summer.

  84. We have noted in earlier tracks that one of the reasons for the cooler than normal 2009 is that for the first half of the year we had a cool AMO and cool PDO. AMO is currently slightly positive [0.176] and the PDO is still cool[-0.31] but warming as the El Nino approaches. The second reason seems to be the low solar activity with near solar minimum conditions continuing well into 2009. History [per hadcrut3]shows that global temperature anomalies dropped during the year of solar minimums for 9 of the last 15 solar cycles going back to 1856. Of the 6 that showed warming , 4 had El Nino’s .

  85. I neglected to add that the third reason for the cool summer in many regions of the north central North America is the negative ARCTIC OSCILLATION also called NAO or AO. A negative AO , which is what we have had recently during the summer [since about early June ], means greater pressures over the Arctic and weaker westerlies which allows cooler air from the north to regularly sweep or sink gradually south. These events seem to be more frequent events this late spring and summer. Joe d’Aleo and Scott Sabol [Morning Meteorologist ] have posted articles on this .

  86. Pamela Gray (18:56:03) :
    Re:your post-Right on! as an old Aerial firefighter, I was witness to the dismantling of the Forest Service and BLM by several adminstrations,both
    Republican and Democrat. The closing of roads and the build up of trash
    and debris will come back to bite them. My office is in Elgin, which burned down back in 1910. The big Burns of that period led to the creation of the USFS.
    The debate over the Mt.Emily rec area near La Grande, is a farce. that was part of my family’s old ranch the Bar MC-and was logged back in the 1930’s by my Pop, his brother and a ‘Gyppo’ Logger.Now the local greenies are saying NO!
    to Forest capital’s logging the property again.The want to ‘save’ the area but
    say log it, nice firebreak,may save mt.Glen or even La Grande..
    Love their definition of ‘old’ Growth…
    May the Ghost of Gifford Pinchot come back to haunt them…

  87. Flanagan (18:13:45) :

    “Yes, North America was SO COLD that thousands of Canadians had to leave their homes because of wlidfires. Wildfires in Canada? That’s quite not in line with the “unseasonably cold” weather that is reported here, no?”

    Harold Ambler (18:29:55) put you straight already but I have a link that will be very educational and at the same time tell you that forest fires have been a part of Canada for tens of millennia:

    http://www.pc.gc.ca/dci/src/3d_eng.asp?what=more&sitename=reforest&theme=mi&btn_state=HTML&more_lnk=no

    Here you will see that the ubiquitous Jack Pine REQUIRES A FOREST FIRE to unlock the seeds in their tough cones in order to germinate at all. I believe there are other species around the world that have the same requirement.

  88. Well, here in AGW Central, beautiful Eugene, Oregon, the last refuge of the terminally hip, where it was over 100º a week ago, it barely got to 80º today. Predicted high for Thursday is 71º. So much for summer! Hoping to get more than cherry tomatoes.

  89. Gary and Harold: I never said fires never took place in Canada, did I? I only notice that they are associated with higher than normal temperatures and dry and windy conditions. This part of Canada has been especially warm recently.

  90. Summer is OVER! We are now entering FALL!

    SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOISE ID
    609 AM MDT WED AUG 5 2009

    IDZ011>016-028>030-ORZ061>064-052200-
    WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-LOWER TREASURE VALLEY ID-BOISE MOUNTAINS-
    UPPER TREASURE VALLEY-SOUTHWEST HIGHLANDS-WESTERN MAGIC VALLEY-
    CAMAS PRAIRIE-OWYHEE MOUNTAINS-SOUTHERN TWIN FALLS COUNTY-
    HARNEY COUNTY-BAKER COUNTY-MALHEUR COUNTY-
    LOWER TREASURE VALLEY OR-
    609 AM MDT WED AUG 5 2009 /509 AM PDT WED AUG 5 2009/

    …MAJOR CHANGE IN THE WEATHER TO BEGIN THURSDAY…

    A LARGE FALL-LIKE STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE OVER THE REGION LATE
    THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY…BRINGING MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES AND LOTS
    OF RAIN TO SOUTHEAST OREGON AND SOUTHWEST IDAHO. WE WILL SEE
    RECORD-SETTING TEMPERATURES…IN THE RATHER OBSCURE FORM OF COOL
    DAYTIME MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES. THE CLOUD COVER ASSOCIATED WITH THE
    RAINFALL WILL KEEP THE TEMPERATURES FROM PLUMMETING AT NIGHT…AND
    THEREFORE WE WILL NOT SEE ANY RECORD LOW NIGHT-TIME TEMPERATURES…
    THE KIND WE NORMALLY THINK OF WHEN WE THINK OF RECORD COLD
    WEATHER.

    THE OTHER IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THIS STORM IS THE POTENTIAL FOR VERY
    HEAVY RAIN. PARTS OF THE AREA WILL SEE OVER AN INCH OF RAINFALL
    IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD. MODEL GUIDANCE IS EVEN INDICATING THAT TWO TO
    THREE INCHES OF RAINFALL MAY OCCUR IN SOME AREAS. THEREFORE…IT
    IS ALMOST CERTAIN THAT RAINFALL RECORDS WILL BE BROKEN AS WELL.

    THE RECENT REAPPEARANCE OF EL NINO…AND THE OFTEN-DISCUSSED TOPIC
    OF CLIMATE CHANGE…MAY PROMPT THE QUESTION…WHY ARE WE HAVING
    THIS STORM? SCIENTIFICALLY…THIS PARTICULAR STORM CANNOT BE TIED
    TO ANY ONE PROCESS. FOR MOST OF THIS WARM SEASON…UP UNTIL
    ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO…THE NORTHWEST UNITED STATES WAS IN A
    PERSISTENT PATTERN OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL
    RAINFALL. THIS STORM SIGNALS A RETURN TO THAT PATTERN. IT APPEARS
    LIKELY THAT THIS PATTERN WILL DOMINATE THE SUMMER OF 2009. THIS IS
    NOT TO SAY THAT WE WILL NOT HAVE ANOTHER HOT SPELL…BUT OVERALL
    THIS SUMMER WILL END UP BEING RELATIVELY COOL AND WET FOR MOST
    FOLKS IN OUR PART OF THE COUNTRY.

    $$

    SP

  91. Don’t ya love the dollar signs at the end!!! Is that a plea for money to fund research on COOLING?

  92. Dollar signs at the end of a Wx report harks back to teletypewriters
    when they marked the end of a message.

  93. I could go for a cooler, drier summer in Florida. I would even take cooler OR drier. Send some record low temperatures my way! An early fall sounds nice too. If I could be a snow bird, I would, but I think I’m a bit too young for that now. Summer in PA and winter in FL = perfect.

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