July temperatures lower, rainfall doubles

PARKERSBURG – Almost double the amount of rainfall for July produced a pleasant summer month that was bereft of the typical heat and humidity.

Tim Axford, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Charleston, said July was about a degree cooler than average.

The average high for the month was 83.7 degrees, compared to the 30-year average of 84.9 degrees. The average low last month was 64.7 degrees, compared to the 30-year average of 63.9 degrees.

“It’s tough to get a month extraordinarily high or low,” he said.

Axford said the area had only five days last month during which the temperature topped 90 degrees, which is close to average.

“Typically, when you get the rain it is a cooler summer,” he said. “Those extremes that we normally get; the mid and upper 90s weren’t as prevalent, so we stayed pretty average for temperatures.”

Axford said July, which typically averages about 4.2 inches of rain, saw 7.5 inches of rain.

Despite the large amount of rainfall this month the Mid-Ohio Valley is still only about a half-inch ahead of yearly averages. Axford said the area had 26.27 inches, compared to the average of 25.79 inches.

The average yearly rainfall for this area is around 43 inches. On average, the world has been getting more precipitation than 100 years ago, about 6 percent more in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Axford couldn’t predict if the wet, cooler weather would last through August, but it will continue through the weekend, he said.

The area will see a couple of systems coming through the mid-week and into the weekend.

“It looks fairly wet for the weekend,” he said. “The muggier air is coming back and with it more showers and a few thunderstorms.”