Perhaps the enjoyment of no other holiday is more weather-dependent than Independence Day. While the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons provide plenty of opportunities for nasty weather to snarl traffic on the ground and in the air, delaying an already busy travel time, a little snow, ice, and cold can even add to the enjoyment of those holidays by providing a bucolic backdrop for togetherness and enjoyment of those holidays with friends and loved ones.
However, when it comes to the Fourth of July, hardly anyone enjoys the curveballs weather can throw their way; whether the weather brings an oppressive summer heat wave, a cool dreary day, or even showers and thunderstorms to ruin parades, cookouts, and fireworks.
With that thought in mind, here are a few Independence Day weather statistics for the period of record at Indianapolis (1871-2010). 140 Independence Days have come and gone since weather records began at Indianapolis.
High Temperature: 84.8 degrees
Low Temperature: 65.3 degrees
Precipitation: 0.22 inches
Warmest: 103 in 1911
Coolest (Record Low Max): 70 degrees in 2009 (71 degrees in 2008 - two consecutive record cool years)
Wettest: 2.40" in 1957
Dry Fourth: 73 times (52%)
Wet Fourth: 67 times (48%)
One Inch or More Precip: 12 times (9%)
90+ Degrees: 38 times (27%)
High < 80 Degrees: 25 times (18%)
Happy Fourth of July from all of us at NWS Indianapolis!