Above average rain brings below average temperatures for July

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 31, 2013 

There’s no need to start gathering the animals two-by-two, but July has been a wet one.

The Columbus area has seen about nine inches of rain this month, according to WRBL meteorologist Bob Jeswald. That’s almost double the average of about five inches for July.

And it’s not like the rain has anywhere to go. June was just about as wet, with about seven inches, giving the area 16 inches in two months, Jeswald said. That’s about twice the average for those two months here.

In fact, it’s been a very wet year so far, with almost 42 inches of rain falling locally. That’s more than a foot over our average, and it wasn’t so long ago when we were a foot below average, back in 2007 and 2008.

The good news is that the clouds and rain have dropped the average temperature for the month to 80.1, with the temperatures reaching the 90s on only 13 days.

None of this is record-breaking stuff, but it is enough above average to be notable, he said. This July will be among the 15 coolest on record and, depending on Wednesday’s final rainfall totals, it could be the wettest July since 1996.

Fronts are the culprit, Jeswald says.

“When you have cold fronts this late in the season, it’s a little bit unusual, it provides a collision course for humid air from the gulf and cooler from the north which creates good thunderstorm development,” Jeswald said. “This gives us the cooler summer so far, because the more rain and clouds you have, obviously it’s going to be cooler.”

If you’re tired of the rain, you can look forward to a drier weekend ahead. But you know what that also means. Highs back in the 90s.

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