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July 27, sets record for coldest | Preston Citizen

July 27, sets record for coldest

August 7, 2013


Assistant editor

July was another warm month, but Franklin County area broke no extreme heat records. In fact, one record was broken for the coldest maximum temperature.

July was the ninth warmest month since weather records have been kept, according to King Smith, who keeps official weather records for the National Weather Service.

“There were towns in central Idaho that did have record-setting temperatures. But up north they have been cooler than normal,” he said. “According to the NOAA, last June was the fifth warmest around the world in history. But global temperatures, according to NOAA climate reports, have either gone down or stayed close to normal since 2000… global normal if you want to call it that.”


Smith said July averaged 90.7 degrees and the 30-year average is 87.7.

“With all the warm temperatures it was rather unique, we set a record low maximum. On July 27 we hit a high of 74 degrees. The national weather service indicated that was a record,” he said.

The low average for the month of July was 57.1 degrees and the 30-year average is 52.7, he said.

“If you have melons or pumpkins they should be doing very well and that trend should continue, based on warm temperatures. The next three months should be the same. We expect above-to-much-above normal temps. And the ultra-long outlook says we are to be normal-to-above normal for most of next year.”

Smith said the area continues to fall farther and farther behind in precipitation.

“Last month we received .71 of an inch of rain and the 30-year average is .84. That doesn’t look too bad, alone. But so far this water year we have only received 10.55 inches of water and the 30-year average for the 10 months of the water year so far is 16.15 inches. It is 65 percent of normal.

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