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Cold July with Signs of a Cool August



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It has been a colder than normal month of July. We have only hit 90-degrees twice so far this month in Sioux Falls and signs are pointing to a cooler than normal end to the month as well!

The average monthly high temperature for July in Sioux Falls is 83.96° and as of Thursday the observed average temperature is exactly 80-degrees. If this is around where we will finish (the forecast makes it look likely) then it will be the coldest July since 2009!



The CPC (Climate Prediction Center) forecast for the last week of July and early parts of August gives parts of our area a 70% chance or greater to see colder than normal temperatures. While it won’t be a huge cold spell like two weeks ago, it will still bring us abnormally cool temperatures into the mid to upper 70s for Sunday and Monday.



As we look ahead to August, it appears the trend for below average temperatures will continue for most of us, especially north of Highway 14. That’s not to say we won’t have a hot and humid day every now and then like we have experienced in the month of July but it looks as a hole, the month will be cooler than normal. This includes most of the northern U.S. as well as the Midwest.



Not only has July been cooler than normal, it has also be quite dry. Thursday was the first time in twelve days that Sioux Falls picked up measurable rain (0.01”+). Through 24 days of the month we have a monthly total of 0.65” after the rainiest month ever in Sioux Falls history. Pierre has only picked up 0.32” of rain and Aberdeen official has 0.50”. These totals range from 1.5” to 2” below normal leading to some drier conditions. Due to that we have seen moderate drought creep back into the area.



While July has been dry, the next two weeks look to be much drier than normal. However, according to the CDC, the month of ok August looks to be near normal for precipitation.



Over the next week we look to stay mainly dry and sunny with those below normal temperatures. It should be a great weekend to get outside and attend the many festivals and activities going on around the Sioux Empire.

Brandon Spinner
Chief Meteorologist
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