July 2009 Summary

From the NWS

JULY WAS THE 8TH COOLEST ON RECORD...AND THIS YEAR MARKED THE
COOLEST JULY SINCE 1972. AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 74.6 WHICH
WAS 3.8 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE REACHED WAS
95 DEGREES ON THE 24TH...WHICH WAS ONE OF ONLY TWO DAYS ABOVE 90
DEGREES FOR THE MONTH. RECORD LOWS WERE TIED FOR THREE DAYS IN A
ROW...17-19...WITH LOWS IN THE MID 50S. IN ADDITION...THIS WAS 14TH
WETTEST JULY AND THE WETTEST SINCE 1998 WITH 7.80 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION MEASURED AT THE AIRPORT...WHICH WAS 3.97 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. PERIODIC RAINS WERE COMMON DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE
MONTH...BUT MUCH OF THEM FELL DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS...INCLUDING
THOSE BEFORE DAWN ON THE 4TH. HOWEVER...RECORD RAINFALL WAS
RECORDED AT THE AIRPORT ON THE 28TH WITH 2.99 INCHES. SEVERE
WEATHER AFFECTED THE MONTARA SUBDIVISION NEAR FORBES FIELD ON THE
SOUTH SIDE OF TOPEKA ON THE 27TH. A MICROBURST WITH ESTIMATED WIND
SPEEDS OF 65-70 MPH DOWNED LARGE TREES AND LIMBS IN A SMALL SWATH
ACROSS THE NEIGHBORHOOD. HAIL UP TO 1 INCH WAS ALSO REPORTED WITH
THIS STORM.


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