St. Louis Isn't Only Place to Experience a Weirdly Cool July


Last month was one for the record books with St. Louis experiencing its sixth -- or was it seventh? -- coolest July in history.

As it turns out, we were not alone. While our friends in the Pacific Northwest were suffering  some bizarre, surface-of-the-sun type heat, the Midwest and Northeast experienced an unusually mild July.

In fact, yesterday reported that more than 1,100 daily record low temperatures were broken in July nationwide. And when record afternoon low highs are considered, that number jumps to more than 3,000 records. An additional 1,200 stations tied records.

These cool temps were especially noticeable in the central United States. In Madison, Wisconsin, the average temperature last month was just 65.7 degrees, breaking the previous record of 66.7. Meanwhile, Cincinnati, Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, also broke records.

What caused these unseasonably cool temperatures? And is global warming a myth? Senior Meteorologist Elliot Abrams chalks the strange temperatures up to a storm system over Canada that dipped farther south than usual this summer.

"This persistent pattern of storms in the upper atmosphere keeps sending colder air south," says Abrams.

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