July 2009 was a cool one for the Tri-Cities, as average monthly temperatures ranged from 3.3 to 3.8 degrees below normal. The cool monthly temperatures made the Top 10 for the Coolest July on record, at Grand Island, Hastings, and Kearney, NE. The average monthly high temperature at Grand Island was 84.4 degrees, and the average monthly low was 60.6 degrees. At Hastings, the average monthly high temperature was 83.6 degrees, and the average monthly low was 60.9 degrees. The highest maximum temperature during the month occurred on July 24th when the high temperature for the day reached 98 degrees at Grand Island, 95 degrees in Hastings and 92 degrees at Kearney. Precipitation during July was below normal. Grand Island received 2.70 inches, which was 0.44 inch below normal. At Hastings, 2.35 inches of rain fell, which was 1.46 inches below normal.
Cool, record setting temperatures were an underlying theme throughout the month. Thunderstorms and severe weather also occurred, with the storms primarily producing large hail, damaging winds and locally heavy rainfall. A funnel cloud in the Grand Island area was observed for many miles around on the 24th, but this funnel did not touch down as a tornado.
- July 3: Severe thunderstorms developed across north central Kansas and produced hail to the size of golf balls, damaging winds of 70 mph and locally heavy rainfall in excess of three inches. Click here for information on the storm reports.
- July 4: The Fourth of July was a cool one, and went into the record books as the 8th-coolest Independence Day for Grand Island. Click here for the temperature information.
- July 16: Showers and thunderstorms dumped heavy rainfall in excess of 1 and 2 inches. Click here for the rainfall amounts.
- July 22: Severe thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail, damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and areas of heavy rainfall in excess of three inches. Click here for information on the severe weather and the rainfall amounts.
- July 24: Severe thunderstorms developed during the evening and lingered into the first part of the night. Large hail up to the size of golf balls fell, and a funnel cloud was observed in the Grand Island area. Click here for pictures of the funnel cloud and for the storm reports.
- July 29: Record low temperatures were set across portions of south central Nebraska and north central Kansas. Click here for the record information.
- July 31: Thunderstorms developed along a cold frontal boundary during the evening and became severe. The storms produced hail up to the size of golf balls and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. Click here for the storm reports.
- July 1-31: July 2009 made the Top 10 for the coolest July on record in Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney. Click here for the temperature and record information.