By DAVID GREEN
That annoying summertime question was finally answered last month: It finally was hot enough for ya—and then some.
“Seven days in the 100s, plus one in late June,” said Morenci climate observer George Isobar. “I feel pretty safe in saying that there’s been nothing like that since the infamous year of 1934.”
The extreme from June at 106° was never matched in July, Isobar said, but four days at 103° plus two at 100° and another at 101° makes July 2012 one to remember—or maybe to try to forget about.
“Actually, we might be reminded of it again in the future,” Isobar said. “Climate scientists expect more extremes ahead.”
Despite the 100+ days, the mean temperature for the month was “only” 4.3° above normal for July, according to the National Weather Service office in Toledo, because there was often nice cooling at night.
“There were seven nights with temperatures in the 50s to cool things down,” Isobar said,” although there were two occasions where the temperature at 7:30 a.m. stood at 79°. You just knew those days were going to be uncomfortable.”
Isobar said he was completed shocked when he looked at the rainfall total for the month, which came out above average.
“I had the word ”drought” stuck in my head after May and June and a good share of July,” he said. “We had seven-tenths early in the month, then half an inch on July 5. That didn’t go a long way with the previous dryness and the heat.”
An inch and a half fell on the 19th and 20th and another inch later in the month.
“So, surprisingly, we came out ahead for the month,” he said, “but it was a little late.”