A soggy July; summer on hiatus

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Do you remember that warmer and drier July that we enjoyed last year? What a difference a year makes.

Now that we are nearing the end of this July, it’s pretty apparent that things have turned out quite differently this year. Wednesday was an excellent example of that.

PHOTOS | These photos show the rain and hail that fell across Niagara County

The deluge that came down in spots dropped almost 4 inches of rain water at Niagara Falls, 3.24 inches at Pendleton, 2.60 inches at North Tonawanda. Some spots south of the city picked up some heavy downpours overnight, including 1.72 inches at Colden.

In between those locations, the Buffalo Airport just picked up a quarter inch. Many northern and southern suburbs came in with a bit more than that, but generally less than an inch.

The rain was coming down in buckets across Niagara County on Wednesday, but it wasn’t just Wednesday. We have had measurable rain each day this week at the Buffalo Airport, Tuesday being the wettest with a little over eight tenths of an inch of rainwater.

And that rain is adding up. The total rainfall for July 2014 at Buffalo is at 5.23 inches this year, whereas we received just 2.86 inches during July of 2013.

There is no doubt that we will be wrapping up the month with above normal precipitation and it was cooler than normal, by almost two degrees. We’re still waiting for that 90 degree high.

By this time last year, we had racked up three days into that range.

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