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A record-setting July

Now ... what will our winter be like?

PRINCETON — It may not come as much of a surprise to area residents, but the month of July is going down in the record books for its cool temperatures.

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel announced the statewide average temperature for July was 70.3 degrees, which ties the record for the coolest July set back in 2009. However, the July 2014 average temperature is based on preliminary data, so it is very likely the tie with 2009 will be broken as more data arrive, Angel said.

As a side note, Angel said the warmest July in Illinois was set in 1936, which averaged 82.8 degrees. Following closely was July 2012 which recorded an average of 81.8 degrees as a high temperature for the month.

“In just six years, Illinoisans have experienced the second warmest and twice the coldest July on record,” Angel said.

More locally, WQAD News Channel 8 Chief Meteorologist James Zahara said it looks like the Quad Cities area, which includes Bureau County, will actually tie for its third coolest July on record. In 1891, the Quad Cities had its coolest July with an average of 69.2 degrees, followed by 2009 with an average of 69.3 degrees and then July 2014, at an average of 70.1 degrees.

Any chance for a warmer-than-usual August? Zahara said probably not.

“Given the flow that we’ve experienced in July is not expected to change for most of August, I will be surprised if we reach at or over 90 degrees again during that period, but we will see,” the meteorologist said.

Looking even further ahead, Zahara said the 2009 cool year also experienced a weak-to -moderate El Niño impact, which the Quad Cities area is also anticipating for this winter season. In the 2009 winter, the temperatures were just below normal, and the snowfall, he believes, was the 11th snowiest on record. For the 2014-15 winter, there are still variables expected this fall which will be used to give a true indication as to what the winter will be like, he said.

Looking at temperatures recorded in Princeton, Bob Byrne of Princeton, who is with the National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Program, said the average high temperature in Princeton for July was 78 degrees. The highest temperature of the month was 87 degrees, which was recorded on July 23.

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