July's weather, by the numbers
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WALLA WALLA — Talk about an accurate, but sweaty, forecast.
As predicted by the National Weather Service last month, July was abnormally hot and dry. In fact, it was the second warmest July on record with an average temperature of nearly 81 degrees, a mark 5.6 degrees above normal. It was second only to July 1985, when the average temperature that year was 82.3 degrees.
Last month’s hottest day came on July 13 with a high of 107 degrees. It was one of nine days during the month with 100 degree or hotter weather. The average daytime high was about 95 degrees, which was six degrees above normal and the average nighttime low was about 66 degrees, which was about five degrees above normal. The coolest night came on June 25 when the mercury dropped to 52 degrees.
As for precipitation, parched conditions were the rule in July. All of the month’s measurable rain, a total of .13 inches, fell on three days while the remaining 28 days had zero or trace amounts. Total precipitation was .46 inches below normal, according to weather service records.
Precipitation for the year is now 9.34 inches, which is 3.17 inches below normal. Rain and snowfall for the water year, which runs from October through September, is now 12.43 inches, a mark 7.10 inches below normal.
The highest wind gust during the month was 49 mph which occurred on July 23.
The outlook for August from the national Climate Predication Center calls for normal temperatures and near-normal precipitation.
Normal highs for Walla Walla in August are about 88 degrees and normal lows are between 60 and 61 degrees. Normal precipitation, based on a 30-year average, is .57 inches.
Andy Porter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8318.