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JULY: Wettest on record & 2nd warmest

Submitted by on August 3, 2020 – 12:56 amNo Comment

It probably won’t surprise many residents in the Alpena area that July 2020 will go down as the wettest on record and the second warmest of all-time.

According to meteorologists from the National Weather Service, Gaylord and Traverse City also recorded one of the warmest and wettest July’s on record.

But Alpena stole the show last month, with 8.1 inches of rain, breaking the previous record for July of 7.17 inches set in 1975. Gaylord received 6.53 inches and Traverse City 6.11 inches.

The Alpena area has now received 10.47 inches of rain this summer and 21.99 inches year to date, which is 6.44 inches above the long-term average.

Meteorologist Sabrina Jauernic told True North Radio that Alpena’s mean temp for the month was 72.2 degrees or 4.6 degrees above the norm. That tied the mean temps from 1983 and 2011 for the second warmest July on record. The warmest July occurred in 1921 when the mean temp was 73.5 degrees.

The mercury reached a high of 96 degrees on July 9th, and sank to a low of 51 degrees on July 21st.

One record was set during the month. That occurred on July 26 when the Alpena area received 3.59 inches of rain.