July rainfall above normal

Staff Report

July was a little wetter and warmer than usual for Mount Airy, according to a monthly breakdown from F.G. Doggett Water Plant, the city’s official weather-monitoring station.

The rainfall total last month was nearly 5 inches — 4.91 to be exact — slightly above the Mount Airy average for July of 4.76 inches.

July’s output included measurable precipitation on 14 of its 31 days, with the largest amount for a single day, 1.18 inches, measured on July 5 during a wet Fourth of July weekend.

After a relatively dry start to 2015, the July precipitation kept the city above water in terms of being higher than normal for the year.

As of July 31, 28.99 inches had been received, which is 1.62 inches, or 5.9 percent, more than what Mount Airy gets on average during the first seven months of the year, 27.37 inches.

While the hottest temperature of the month was “only” 94 degrees — given that the mercury has surged beyond 100 in July during years past in Mount Airy — July 2015 turned out to be slightly warmer overall than what is typical here.

Temperatures averaged 76.3 degrees, compared to the usual monthly average of 75.8 degrees, with no daily record highs broken or tied during the month.

The low reading for the month was 60 degrees, noted on July 1.

Fog occurred on six days.

Weather records have been kept in Mount Airy since 1924.

Staff Report

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