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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 8:01 PM CDT on July 25, 2014

...Unusually cool July so far...

Rockford --------

Through July 25th...the average temperature for July is 68.9 degrees. This ties 1924 and 1967 for the second coolest first 25 days of July on record. July 2009 averaged 66.5 degrees through July 25th and also ended up as the coolest July on record overall in Rockford. The period of record began in 1905.

With one week left in the month...after a warm weekend...another cool down to below normal temperatures is expected that will likely last through the end of the month. Therefore...based on forecast temperatures through July 31st...this month has a high likelihood of ending up among the top 10 coolest july's on record and a decent chance of ending up in the top 5 coolest.

Here are the top 10 coolest july's on record in rockford:

Year avg temperature ---- --------------- 2009 67.0 1915 69.0 1992 69.1 1996 69.1 1962 69.5 1967 69.5 1924 69.8 2004 70.3 1971 70.7 1984 70.7

Chicago -------

The period of record in Chicago began in 1872...however prior to 1942 the observations were taken downtown close to the lake...which resulted in cooler conditions than the more recent observation locations (midway 1942-1980 and ohare 1980-present).

Coolest July 1-July 25 1942 to present in Chicago ------------------------------------------------- year avg. Temperature ---- ---------------- 2009 68.8 1992 69.6 1947 69.8 2014 70.1 1996 70.3