Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Despite Scary 1st Day, July Weather Pretty Much Normal In Vermont

A sailboat catches a shaft of sunlight near approaching
storms last week on Lake Champlain, off of Burlington, Vermont.
The weather in Vermont and the rest of New England did NOT get off to a very good start on July 1.

Flash flooding damaged swaths of central and southern Vermont, and some counties still might receive disaster declarations.

The flooding extended into New Hampshire, as did severe thunderstorms. Several tornadoes spun up in Maine, of all places.

We braced for a rough weather month. Then....not much.

At the National Weather Service office in South Burlington, Vermont, the average temperature for July, 2017 came to 70.6 degrees, which is exactly normal. Rainfall there for the month totaled 3.45 inches, which was a little below normal.

There was a notable lack of temperature extremes during July. The temperature in Burlington never made it to 90 degrees, the first time that's happened in July in many years. The low temperature was 50 degrees, which just happened Sunday.

Scanning National Weather Service data, I see that elsewhere in and around Vermont, conditions varied, as is usually the case. Montpelier reported a slightly cooler and wetter than normal July. No heat there, either. The hottest day of the month in Montpelier only made it to 83 degrees.

Up in St. Johnsbury, July was a full 2.5 degrees chillier than normal, with precipitation just about normal. Morrisville was even more nippy: 3 degrees colder than normal in July.

It looks like August is going to start on the warm side, with temperatures over the next several days running a few degrees above normal.  There is a rising risk of showers and thunderstorms as we move toward the end of this week.

Still, I don't see any signs of extreme weather coming to our region anytime soon. Then again, that type of thing tends to sneak up on you, doesn't it?

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