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How cold was it? We've got some facts for July (Chicago)
Daily Herald ^ | 8/1/2009 | jamie sotonoff

Posted on 08/01/2009 2:26:00 PM PDT by Signalman

On July 1, the high temperature reached 64 degrees and it drizzled all day.

Things didn't get much better after that.

July 2009 has gone down in the record books as Chicago's coldest July in almost seven decades, and the third coldest since the National Weather Service started keeping records in 1872.

How cold was it? It was so cold that:

• The average temperature was 69.4 degrees, the same average temperature as Fairbanks, Alaska.

• The high temperature was below 80 degrees for 14 of the 31 days (45 percent).

• In the early morning hours of July 20, the temperature dipped to 53 degrees.

• With little need for air conditioning, ComEd reports the average electric bill dropped by $25 in July.

• Outdoor pool usage was down. Many pools closed early because the swimmers got cold and left. The Des Plaines Park District, for example, closed its pools at 4 p.m. on 10 days in July.

• Suburban lifeguards worked a below-normal amount of hours, resulting in smaller paychecks.

• Demand is lower for outdoor dining areas. Despite the un-summerlike weather, many people dined outside anyway at Rox City Grill in St. Charles. "People just want to be outdoors," said co-owner Rowena Salas. "They don't know what's coming up. Winter can come early."

What led to July's record cold wasn't extreme cold temperatures, but consistently below-normal temperatures all month long.

To make it feel even less summery, it was cloudy or lightly raining for 16 days in July -roughly one out of every two days.

It never rained much, though. The monthly precipitation was actually well below normal, said Mark Ratzer, spokesman for the National Weather Service. It just cheated us out of summer sunshine.

"Overall, being outside hasn't been that bad," Ratzer said. "People who don't like heat and humidity have kinda liked it."

TOPICS: Weather
KEYWORDS: chicago; coldtemps; globalcooling; summer; weather

1 posted on 08/01/2009 2:26:02 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Bobkk47
How cold was it?

Doesn't matter.

No matter what the temperature is it's the fault of humankind with the USA at the helm.

We need to pay for our indiscretions and besides AlGore needs to live comfortably.

2 posted on 08/01/2009 2:31:33 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Bobkk47
We had no days in Cleveland when it touched 90 degrees in July, and only one day of 90 in June. The interesting thing is that we never touched 90 in July last year either. While this year has been remarkable it is the second very temperate summer in a row.
3 posted on 08/01/2009 2:34:05 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Bobkk47

... Record low monthly mean temperature set at Grand Rapids...

The mean temperature for the month of July 2009 at Grand Rapids was
67.1 degrees. That is now the new record lowest mean for July in
Grand Rapids for the period of record. The previous record lowest
monthly mean for Grand Rapids was 67.2 degrees set in 1992.

4 posted on 08/01/2009 2:37:07 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Bobkk47

The One has fixed global warming already. What will he do for an encore?

5 posted on 08/01/2009 3:50:49 PM PDT by Gil4 (I used to have a tagline. Who stole it?)
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To: hinckley buzzard

NYC had zero 90 degree days in both June and July. We did have one in April however.

6 posted on 08/01/2009 3:52:19 PM PDT by wiggen
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