La Crosse experienced a slightly warmer and wetter July than normal, according to a monthly climate report from the U.S. National Weather Service of La Crosse.
The report shows that last month had above-average precipitation, continuing a wetter summer trend, and slightly warmer temperatures — though not the warmest of the season.
La Crosse saw an average temperature for July 2021 of 75.4 degrees, as measured at the La Crosse Regional Airport, which was just slightly above the 75 degree average.
Despite this slight increase, July was actually colder than the month of June this year, one of less than a dozen times that has happened since the 1870s.
July, usually the hottest month of the year, was 1.2 degrees colder than June. The last time this happened was in 2014, and the largest difference between the summer months was recorded in 1971 with July 3.6 degrees colder than June that year.
The hottest day of July 2021 was recorded at 95 degrees and the coldest day at 53 degrees. The temperature fell below 65 degrees on a total of 14 days last month.
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For rainfall, July was the third month in a row to experience slightly above normal levels of precipitation. Just over five inches of rain fell, nearly an inch more than average, and 13 days of the 31-day month saw some level of precipitation.
La Crosse saw severe weather on July 6 and 27, with the later storm producing some hail and street flooding.
The wettest day was on July 14 with just over 2 inches of rain.
While the La Crosse area has seen a slightly wetter summer, the climate report states that other areas in the Upper Mississippi River Valley have seen less rain than average.
The climate report also highlights the smoke from the Canadian wildfires that left hazy skies and impacted air quality between July 29-31. That smoke lifted for part of the weekend, but it could return later this week.
Looking ahead, the report states that the month of August has historically experienced temperatures averaging at 72.8 degrees, and more rain, though the average is less than what fell in July. On average, there are six days with thunderstorms in August, and the area sees more fog during the month.