NYC Monthly Summary: July 2012

July is generally the warmest month on the calendar for New York City, and this year temperatures soared. We had ten days when the thermometer read 90°F or above, including July 18th when the mercury hit 100°F in Central Park.  This extreme heat helped raise the city’s average monthly temperature to 78.8°F, which is 2.3°F above normal.

In terms of precipitation this July, NYC experienced a number of severe thunderstorms, which brought much-needed rainfall to the area. In the end, however, the city only collected 4.21 inches of rain, which is 0.39 inches below normal. While not in a drought, it is interesting to note that the city has received below average precipitation for six out of the past seven months.

Graph Credit: The Weather Gamut

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Melissa Fleming is an environmental communicator and visual artist working at the intersection of art and science. She is passionate about exploring, learning, and sharing information about the natural world. She has presented her interdisciplinary work in a variety of mediums at venues and conferences around the world.