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records set in July
Two daily high
temperature records were set in July, according to Dr.
Timothy W. Hawkins, associate professor of geography and earth science at
Shippensburg University and a local weather observer.
July was the fifth hottest on record
and high temperature records were set on July 7 at 104 degrees and July 18 at
Last month was the 17th wettest on record due in part to several
large thunderstorms that passed through the area, he said. That included a
large storm July 31 which resulted in 0.56 inches of rain on campus. “The
storm cell split and much heavier rain was received north and south of campus,”
Hawkins said, including 1.25 inches of rain in Mainsville.
He does have some good news, and bad news, related to the drought currently
affecting the nation. While about 60 percent of the United States is in severe
to exceptional drought conditions, “Southcentral Pennsylvania is not in a
drought and likely won’t enter into one any time soon.” He did say drought
conditions will “almost certainly be an impact in food prices and we are
starting to think about disruptions in power supply due to lack of water to
cool power plants.”
Information is also available
about local weather on the university’s website at http://webspace.ship.edu/weather.