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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 02 2013

Weather Talk: July’s hot, cool halves made a close-to-average whole

The climate report for July is in. The first half of the month was hot, and the second half was cool, but the two halves averaged out at 0.9 degrees above average, which is very close to average.

There were six days in the 90s. The hottest was 95 degrees on July 18, but that was the last 90-degree day of the month. Cool weather dominated after July 20, with highs in the 70s to low 80s and lows in the 50s and 40s. The coolest temperature of the month was a record-tying low of 44 on July 28.

Rainfall was sporadic and very light. Just 0.90 of an inch was recorded all month, which is 1.89 inches below average. The heaviest rain was 0.35 of an inch on July 19.

Fargo-Moorhead still has a moisture surplus of 8 inches for the year, which is why lawns and crops need rain even though the Red River remains above-average.


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