Polar Invasion sets records across the nation
BROWNSVILLE (NEWSCENTER 23) — We saw the Polar Invasion, or a really strong cold front with an associated low pressure system enter the United States and bring all sorts of crazy weather across the nation.
While we are experiencing close to the triple digits in the Upper Valley, some areas across the U.S. have been seeing one of the coldest July's in the history of weather.
Temperature records set way back in the 1880s have been broken as unusually cool air blanketed a large part of the country in the middle of summer, according to The Weather Channel.
It felt more like fall from the Upper Midwest into the South this past week.
Many all-time record coldest temperature records for the month of July were broken. On Wednesday morning Joplin, Missouri tied its all-time July record low of 50 degrees.
Can you imagine seeing 50 degrees in our area in the middle of July???
The state of Oklahoma recorded their coolest July day on Thursday with an average temperature of 63.6 degrees.
The previous record was 66.3 degrees set on July 12, 1953.
Just so we are all on the same page, the average temperature is found by taking all the high and low temperatures across the state and then taking the mean.
On Friday, all-time record coolest high temperatures for the month of July were set across much of the South.
A few of the cities that set records are Memphis, Tennessee, Greenwood, Mississippi and Longview, Texas.
Over 20 record lows were broken on Tuesday morning. Temperatures dropped into the mid 40s in Rapid City, South Dakota and North Platte, Nebraska, setting new records for the date.
So seeing these numbers I thought it would be interesting to find out the cities with the 25 coldest July high temperatures on record. And this is what I found thanks again to The Weather Channel.
These are of course in order of least coldest to coldest, and where there are ties, the rain was also factored in to break that tie. Because July is obviously the month of the monsoon and how can there not be rain during the month!
On July 2, 1892, Milwaukee had a high of 57 and a low of 53, along with 0.55 inch of rain.
On July 16, 1904, Salem had a high of 57 and a low of 50 with just a trace of rain.
On July 12, 1986, Lebanon had a high of 57 and a low of 47 with 1.23 inches of rain.
On July 9, 1974, Reno had a high of 57 and a low of 47 with 0.27 inch of rain.
On July 3, 1902, Boise had a high of 57 and a low of 45 with 0.17 inch of rain.
On July 1, 1988, Burlington had a high of 56 and a low of 50 with 0.28 inch of rain.
On July 9, 1946, Bangor had a high of 56 and a low of 50 with 0.25 inch of rain.
On July 4, 1978, Worcester had a high of 55 and a low of 51 with 1.04 inch of rain.
On July 4, 1897, Coeur d'Alene had a high of 55 and a low of 51. Precipitation data were not recorded.
On July 25, 1918, Fargo had a high of 55 and a low of 49 with 0.28 inch of rain.
On July 25, 1918, Bismarck had a high of 55 and a low of 45 with 0.66 inch of rain
On July 2, 1972, Rapid City had a high of 55 and a low of 42 with 0.37 inch of rain.
On July 2, 1966, Seattle had a high of 54 and a low of 51 with 0.50 inch of rain.
On July 31, 1898, San Francisco had a high of 54 and a low of 49 with no rainfall.
On July 2, 1914, Portland had a high of 54 and a low of 48 with 1.18 inches of rain.
On July 11, 1951, Casper had a high of 54 and a low of 43 with 0.88 inch of rain.
On July 11, 1895, Colorado Springs had a high of 53 and a low of 46 with 0.40 inch of rain.
On July 10, 1895, Denver had a high of 53 and a low of 45 with 0.48 inch of rain.
On July 2, 1902, Spokane had a high of 52 and a low of 46 with 0.16 inch of rain.
On July 27, 1971, Anchorage had a high of 50 and a low of 46 with 0.84 inch of rain.
On July 2, 1992, Duluth had a high of 49 and a low of 45 with 1.06 inches of rain
On July 19, 1972, Missoula had a high of 48 and a low of 45 with 0.11 inch of rain.
On July 19, 1972, Billings had a high of 47 and a low of 41 with 0.67 inch of rain
On July 10, 1895, Cheyenne had a high of 47 and a low of 41 with 0.21 inch of rain.
And Lastly, in first place was given to Alaska!
On July 12, 1922, Fairbanks had a high of 47 and a low of 33 with no precipitation.
Brownsville, TX didn't make the list. What a shocker!
Our area didn't really get impacted by the massive cold front that swept the country but it is a good thing, imagine seeing those 50's with rain in the mix? No thank you!!