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August 1, 2014

Wichita sees coolest July since 1967

The last time Wichita had a July this cool, man hadn’t walked on the moon yet and Vince Lombardi still prowled the sidelines for the Green Bay Packers.

The last time Wichita had a July this cool, man hadn’t walked on the moon yet and Vince Lombardi still prowled the sidelines for the Green Bay Packers.

The month that just ended was the coolest July in Wichita since 1967, according to the National Weather Service. The average temperature of 77 degrees was more than 4 degrees below normal for Wichita and represented the 12th-coolest July in the city’s history, said Jim Caruso, a meteorologist with the weather service.

“It definitely has been cooler than normal,” said Kate Danna, a meteorologist at AccuWeather.

A dome of high pressure set up over the western United States, Danna said, allowing cooler air to slide down over the Great Plains. That pattern looks to persist for several more days.

“There were several rainy systems that kept us cooler,” Danna said.

The Climate Prediction Center expects temperatures in the first couple of weeks of August to remain below average in Kansas.

“There’ll be some thunderstorm chances here and there as well,” Caruso said.

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