Preliminary statistics show that a few locations have set new records for the coldest July on record. Burlington had a July average temperature of 70.2 degrees, that broke the record of 71.2 degrees set back in 1950. Cedar Rapids broke their old record for their coolest July on record by a whopping 3.7 degrees with an average July temperature of 66.2°. Dubuque also broke a record with their average July temperature being 65.5°. Just across the river at Moline they had their second coldest July on record, just missing the record by .1 degrees. A few other locations may have also set records as well but they won’t be tabulated for some time. The state of Iowa may also have broken a record for the coldest July ever statewide. This will likely be tabulated sometime late in August by the state climatologist Harry Hillaker.
Jeff Wilcox serves as the Senior Forecaster at the Iowa Weather Network with primary focuses in long term weather operations and climatology. Weather has always fascinated me since I was young. My first memory of weather was back in 1988 during the Mother’s Day Tornado Outbreak in 1988. I can vaguely remember the cold snap the state experienced around Christmas Time in 1983, but was too young to remember that vividly. Growing up in Anamosa since moving there in 1981, I’ve experienced all the weather imaginable from bitter cold in early 1996 to hot and humid weather in 1995 and again in 2012, to floods in 1993, 1999, 2008 and 2013, Droughts in 1988 and 2012. After doing some other website work and other interests which included publishing a novel in 2007, I finally began the Iowa Weather Blog on June 27th 2008, right after the Flood of 2008. I worked it alone for hours on end giving out weather information that I thought was appropriate for those that wanted to know what was going on in their skies and what was to come. I continue to work on the blog along with the Iowa Weather Network which was created back in 2012 and continue to do so to this day.