Spending July in Indiana this year allowed homebodies to enjoy the climate of a summer resort, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s many days.
Yes, it really was cooler than usual. With an average temperature of 69.0 degrees, July was 4.6 degrees cooler than an average July in Fort Wayne, according to National Weather Service records.
It didn’t quite set a record for the coolest July; that distinction goes to July 2009, when the average temperature was 68.9 degrees.
The explanation lies in a strong, persistent wind flow across the Pacific Ocean, one so strong that it forces colder air that normally would circulate around Alaska south to the continental United States, said Greg Shoup, a meteorologist with News Channel 15.
For farmers, who watch the weather with a greater financial stake than most people, cool temperatures in summer can be too much of a good thing in certain circumstances. But this July, the mild temperatures helped the corn crop, Ed Farris, agriculture and natural resource educator at the Huntington County Extension Office, said. At Fort Wayne, the National Weather Service recorded only 2 inches of rain in July, less than half the normal amount in July.
“Some places haven’t received much rain since Mother’s Day weekend,” Farris said.
If temperatures had been hotter, the corn wouldn’t have come through a drier-than-normal month in such good shape.
As it stands, Farris said, “I think we’re on track. We should be average or better than average” in corn and soybean yields, based on conditions so far.
There’s no sign that September in the summertime will continue in northeast Indiana. Shoup said highs in the next week will generally be in the 80s.