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July 2014 weather update

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The month of July and the summer season are half over. While we observed above average temperatures in June the month of July is decidedly chilly so far.

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The low temperatures for the month are below average. The average low temperature is 59.69° which is 2.31° below average. The high temperatures are much more dramatic and even record setting. On Wednesday, 16 July, the high temperature only reached 71°. This set a new record for the coolest high temperature ever observed for the date. The old record was 74° set most recently in 1958. Every day this month the observed high temperatures have been below average. The average observed high is 77.13° which is 5.90° below average. The average temperature for the month, which includes both the highs and lows, is 68.41° which is 4.09° below average. If this trend continues for the rest of the month, this would certainly be one of the coolest Julys ever recorded.

The July precipitation is well above average, in fact more than twice that normal rainfall. Grand Rapids observed 4.32 inches, which is 2.40 inches above average. The heaviest rain fell with thunderstorms on the 6th.
These same storms produced severe weather with damaging tornadoes across West Michigan during the late evening hours of the 6th and the early morning hours of the 7th. One EF-1 tornado hit the southern Grand Rapids metro area. Three more, EF-0 tornadoes hit Ionia and Clinton counties. At this link you can read more about these tornadoes and see some of the damage photos.

The observed sunshine is close to the average with 62.1% of possible sunshine. A typical July has 65%.

The attached slideshow has more on the month of July

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