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8/04/2009

July 2009 one of the coldest in record books

HOUGHTON - Despite being fairly far north, July is usually a pretty warm month in the Upper Peninsula. This year, however, is an exception.
Steve Fleegel, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Negaunee Township, said this July set a record for cool daytime temperatures in the western U.P. and much of the Midwest.
"Our July is going to go down as the second coldest July on record," he said.
The record for the coldest July was in 1992, Fleegel said, and the third coldest was in 1924.
Fleegel said the average daytime high for July at Houghton County Memorial Airport is 65 degrees, but this July the average high was 59.7 degrees.
Since June 1, Fleegel said at HCMA the coldest daytime high temperature was 47 degrees on June 8. On June 1, 9 and 30, the high was 53 degrees. Also since June 1, the warmest daytime high was 90 degrees on May 20. June 23 and July 9 had highs of 81 degrees.
Fleegel said the cooler summer is being felt in much of the Midwest, while at the same time, the Pacific Northwest is experiencing record highs.
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