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July 25, 2013

July on record as wettest one in a decade

DUNCAN — Since the beginning of July, Duncan has received 3.47 inches of rain. That is more than the first two months of the year combined and about a 1/2 inch shy of being equal to the first three months of 2013.

A rainfall last Tuesday night into Wednesday morning added to rainfall for the month and the year, making this one of the wettest July in the past decade. At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the rainfall the for previous 24-hours was measured at 0.62 inches, bringing the year’s total to 18.7 inches.

This is the most rainfall measured to this point in the year since 2007, when rainfall was measured at 41.01 inches. But for the July totals to this point in the month, it is the most rainfall received in July in the past 10 years.

The closest amount of rain received to this point in July for the past 10 years was in 2004, when 3.33 inches of rain has been measured. Up to that point, 25.29 inches had been measured for the year. By the end of July 2004, the month had received 5.85 inches of rain for a total of 27.81 inches for the year.

But this July’s total so far has drawfed the totals from the previous eight years to the same point in the month. In fact, the last two July measurements were the lowest in the past decade, with July 2012 receiving 0.32 inches and July 2011 receiving no measurable precipitation.

In fact, 2011 had the lowest rainfall for its first seven months than only of the months in the last 10 years. At the end of July 2011, only 5.75 inches had been received for the year, which is slightly more than 2 inches more than July 2013’s total.

For this July’s total rainfall, more could be added by the end of the year. According to the Weather Channel website, more rain is predicted for Friday.

Aside from precipitation, this summer has also been cooler than the past few years. There have only been three days that have gone into the triple digits since the beginning of the year (one in June and two in July).

In July 2012, there has been four days with 100 plus degree temperatures to this point in the year, and in 2011, 20 days had been measured to the same point.

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