A Cold Start to July 2009

With below normal temperatures for 13 out of the first 14 days at the National Weather Service Office in Negaunee Township, the start of July is going down as one of the coldest on record. In fact, for the first 13 days of July, this year ranks as the 2nd coldest start to the month. The average temperature through the 13th is 58.1 degrees, which is 6.5 degrees below normal. The coldest first 13 days of July occurred in 1992, with an average temperature of 56.4 degrees and 8.2 degrees below normal. Some people may remember the summer of 1992, which was labeled the year without a summer.

Here is a list of the Top 5 coldest first 13 days of July:
Rank          Average Temp          Year
     1                     56.4                   1992
     2                     58.1                   2009
     3                     58.8                   2004
     4                     59.8                   1972
     5                     60.0                   1969

What is the temperature outlook for the next week?
Unfortunately, another upper level trough will settle over the Great Lakes region by this weekend (similar to what has occurred over the last two weeks). This will allow northwesterly winds to draw cooler Canadian air over the region and keep temperatures below normal.

Note: Weather records for the National Weather Service Office in Negaunee Township date back to October 1961.

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