Record cold…in July!

Well, we did it. A record cold morning in Kansas City. We bottomed out at 53°, beating out the old record from 1968. But Kansas City was not alone.

Incredible to think that it’s July and we’re talking record cold. The flip side to this: it means another nice afternoon with highs in the upper 70s. That’s a gain of 25° today. So imagine if  we were in the neighborhood of average and the low this morning was in the low 70s. Tack on 25° and we’re pushing the mid 90s.

Let’s talk about the drought a little bit. The latest drought report was just released an hour ago (as of this blog writing). This is how things looked last week:

And now, with all the rain over the last week, here’s the update:
I will say I am a bit surprised there was no change in Missouri or the KC area. But out in Southwest Kansas, where they were 300% of average for June, a needed dent was put into the drought there. For reference, here are what the colors mean:

June is typically a wet month and as you can see, we sure did pick up a good amount of rain. Now I am aware that your mileage may vary. We have seen a large spread just around the Metro area itself. Some places may have only picked up an inch or two last month.

As we switch gears and talk about the holiday ahead, many will be making plans to be outside. If you’re wondering about fireworks displays Friday night, I’ll think we be in good shape. There *is* a chance for rain after midnight but I believe it will hold off long enough for those 9:45p displays to get going without a problem.

Some local events going on as well on Friday. For those who may be taking part in the Freedom Run in Lenexa, you’ve got a great morning taking shape:
2 PM

Then in the afternoon, it’s the KC Riverfest. Truly, for July, we can’t really complain about this:
3 PM

It appears we’ve lucked out again this year with weather for the 4th of July. Hopefully your holiday is a great one and you celebrate safely. Oh, for those wondering when Summer will return from its vacation: you will not have to wait long. Highs should climb into the 90s by Sunday and Monday.

See you again tomorrow morning on 41 Action News Today.

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25 comments to Record cold…in July!

  • Ladybug

    Thanks for the great information in this blog! I received 8.06″ of rain at my house in eastern Shawnee during the month of June.

  • sedsinkc

    Nice blog JD, great info. I did some research last night and this morning about yesterday and how rare a July day it actually was. The official high at KCI yesterday was 71 and there was no rainfall, not even a trace at that station. Looking back through the records, there have been a total of SIX July days since 1888 in KC where the high has been 71 degrees or cooler and no rain was recorded. Counting yesterday, there have been 3,908 July days for which Kansas City temperature data are available. The coolest KC high temperature ever recorded in July on a rain-free day is 69.

  • Drought Miser

    Finally for once the cooler temps match when the amount of available daylight hours get shorter each passing day all be it only about 30 seconds or so a day !!!! Nice right up JD!

  • robyn corzine

    Looks like most of KC is still abnormally dry and the areas to the south is still in moderate drought. We need some more beneficial rain. Hopefully Saturday will pan out with a decent rain.

    • Dobber

      yes, hopefully it will, whats your predicted rainfall?

    • Drought Miser

      Yes I was shocked to see even a hint of Drought around our area, I think they take into count the amount the trees sucking back up to replenish their leaves which dents our soil moisture.

  • robyn corzine

    Seds great info as always. JD great write up as always. Great weather, not usual for July.

  • overlandpark4me

    Got about 8.5 at the Merriam OP line.

  • Drought Miser

    I knew the EOI would be a ten it just does not get any better then this weather here in KC in July

    • Emaw

      Agree, I’ll go so far as to say this is going to be the nicest day of 2014! You can count on 1 hand how many days a year we get like this around here.

  • luvsno

    Mark Clegg AND Michelle Apon are both leaving KSHB ?


    The revolving door ..sad

    • luvsno

      Ohhh…..understand now why Michelle is leaving….she is getting married, and her husband will be working in Sacramento. Michelle is originally from CA.

      But good news ..KSHB has Joel Nichols ! :) will he be the weekend mornings met ??

    • yewtrees

      Why are so many people leaving KSHB? Something is not right…

  • robyn corzine

    Ms. Apon is no surprise that she’s moving on. She has a lot of work to do on her presentation and the fact that she’s not a meteorologist didn’t help her cause.

    I can understand Mark leaving to be with his kids in Texas.

    Emaw you are correct. Not too many days around here with pleasant temps, abundant sunshine, and very little wind. It was a perfect 10!

    With the mets that always leave here you have to question is it the market, or the Chief Met, that they find it hard to work with?

    • luvsno

      robyn….smh……Michelle is moving on because she is getting married ! And her husband is going to be working in Sac. CA.
      It has nothing to do with her. IMO she greatly improved with her presentation.

      Ok, now on to this beautiful weather ! Can we ask for better July weather here in KC ? Nope. So enjoy. And Happy 4th of July everyone !

  • robyn corzine

    Luvsno I read that as KSHB was looking for a Kansas City Live host and brought back Joel to do that gig. I could be wrong but that’s the way I read it.

    • Dobber

      What’s your Summer forecast?

      • Weatherwatcher

        Hey Dobber,

        Corzine doesn’t have one…

        Anyone who goes by that MANY different names must be a real gem.
        If and when J.D. makes a mistake, he’ll be on the same black list as Gary.

        • robyn corzine

          My summer forecast is near average temps. No 100 degree days at KCI. Also below average rainfall for the summer. The drought will strengthen for the southern counties that are already in a drought and the counties that are abnormally dry will get drought status before the end of the summer. All readings are for KCI and the drought monitor.

  • trinlivco

    Love the cool morning temps. I had 50 at my farm south of town yesterday morning. Had 5.40 rain in my gauge in Chillicothe for June. At the farm south of town only 3.50 for June. So June wasnt a wet month thier. Hate hot, dry weather, Sept cant get here quick enough for me. Bring on the rain. Have a safe 4th.