How rainy was July 2017?

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Had to keep the umbrella close by for the majority of July:

After a very wet spring and wetter than average June, we picked up 4.19” of rainfall in July at the Syracuse airport, which is just under a half an inch above average for the month.

Many areas south and east of Syracuse did receive more significant rainfall though hence the localized flooding and flash flooding that created a lot issues. Monthly rainfall amounts south and east of Syracuse across the flood ravaged areas picked up in excess of 6”!

At least a trace of rain fell 18 out of 31 days in Syracuse, but at least we did have a couple of nice dry stretches during the month, including the 4th of July.

Two different times we had 4 consecutive days of rain free weather. Those stretches occurred between July 2nd and the 5th, and we ended the month with 4 dry, very nice days, and probably what most would consider the nicest weekend of the year to this point. 

Stayed cool in July:

Temperatures were a bit cool for July in Syracuse as the average temperature for the month was about 70° which is only about a degree below average. No 90° days occurred in July 2017, with the warmest temperature being 86° on the 19th, and 51° on July 30th.  

Why is this happening?

Well, it’s all about the jet stream. That steers our weather, and it’s been in a patter where we’ve been in a persistent trough, or unsettled patter where it’s favorable for weather systems to develop and be steered towards us and the northeast.

For every trough there’s a ridge, and that’s been in the western half of the U.S. You may have heard about record heat in parts of the west. That is thanks mostly due to the persistent ridge in that part of the country while we’ve been in the trough.
 

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