The month of July has ended and while it may not have been record breaking in Syracuse it was a study in contrast.
First take a look at the temperature. We ended up 3 F above normal but you could really break the month into two parts: up to July 19th and after the 19th. Those first 19 days were characterized by heat and humidity. We hit 90 or better 7 times during that stretch and the dew point exceeded 70 F on an amazing 16 of those 19 days! After the 19th, the weather turned out seasonably cool. The average high temperature for the tail end of the month was 78.8 F while during the first 19 days it was 86.9 F.
When start comparing this July with past Julys you see that, in spite of the warmth, it was actually cooler than the last few years:
Still, we haven’t had a cooler than normal July in four years.
The real head scratcher, though, was rainfall. For the month of July, Syracuse came in with a total of 3.22” which is actually about half an inch below normal for the month. For whatever reason, the airport, where this reading was taken, missed out of some of the real heavy rain that hit other parts of central New York. A look at some of the other monthly totals from National Weather Service weather watchers show much different totals, even within Onondaga County.
This is just a small sampling but the airport is certainly not representative of the rainfall over the entire region.
So August starts today and we will be hard pressed to come anywhere near the warmth we saw in July given the pattern of troughy weather expected here in the Northeast: