July consisted of below average temperatures, a week of upper 90s and triple digits and a record low with dry conditions. July 2014 consisted of 9 mornings with lows in the 50s which included the record low of 50° on the 16th. This isn't that unusual recently with July 2013 having 6 mornings in the 50s however last year the coolest temperature was only 57°. July is the only month so far this year with triple digit highs which consisted of 3 topping out at 103° on the 22nd.
Rain was pretty sparse compared to June but that is typical for July as it is climatologically the driest summer month (June-August) with the 30 year average being 3.82". 2014 had 0.95" with 0.81" falling from the 7-9th and only a trace fell in the 2nd half of the month. July 2013 recorded 1.78" of rain.
REMARKS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
July was another dry month in Topeka. The total precipitation
measured came in as the fifteenth lowest amount on record for July. Upper level flow from the north and northwest kept much of the summertime moisture out of the area and kept temperatures below normal on many days. After a particularly strong cold front passed through July 14th, cooler air settled in for the following days and a record low temperature of 50 degrees was set on July 16th. Very hot and humid conditions still managed to develop on July 21st and 22nd as well as the 25th and 26th as heat index values peaked around 108 on those days.
**Observations are from Billard Airport in Topeka**