July Was Hot & Dry
The weather changed drastically in the Quad Cities last month. Meteorologist Dave Cousins from the National Weather Service in Davenport says July was hot, and it didn't rain much.
The average temperature was 79.4 in Moline, or four degrees warmer than usual.
The longest stretch of hot weather lasted 17 days. And the hottest day was July 20th at 97 degrees.
Cousins also says the weather pattern became much less active as the jet stream moved to the north instead of tracking over Iowa as it had been since January. We got nearly 1.2 inches of rain last month, but usually we get more than four inches. But the meteorologist says total precipitation for the calendar year is eight inches above normal, at more than 30 inches so far.
In addition, the Midwest Drought Monitor now shows parts of northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa are "abnormally dry." That follows record flooding on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.