coolest July in history
As it turns out, we were not alone. While our friends in the Pacific Northwest
were suffering some bizarre, surface-of-the-sun type heat, the Midwest and Northeast experienced an unusually mild July.
In fact, yesterday AccuWeather.com reported
that more than 1,100 daily record low temperatures were broken in July
nationwide. And when
record afternoon low highs are considered, that number jumps to more
than 3,000 records. An additional 1,200 stations tied records.
These cool temps were especially noticeable in the central United States. In Madison, Wisconsin, the average temperature last month was just 65.7 degrees,
breaking the previous record of 66.7. Meanwhile, Cincinnati, Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, also broke records.
What caused these unseasonably cool temperatures? And is global warming a myth?
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Elliot Abrams chalks the strange temperatures up to a storm system over Canada that dipped farther south than usual this summer.
"This persistent pattern of storms in the upper atmosphere keeps sending colder air south," says Abrams.
Last month was one for the record books with St. Louis experiencing its sixth -- or was it seventh? --