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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Charleston WV
706 PM EDT Sun Aug 5 2018

...A Tale of Two Halves For July...

Overall, it was a wet month for Northeast Kentucky and Central
West Virginia. So much so, that Charleston experienced their 8th
wettest July on record, with a total of 8.73 inches of rain. Much
of the rain in those areas fell during the last two weeks of the
month, with several heavy rainfall events noted. In contrast much
of Southeast Ohio, Northern and Southern West Virginia were below
normal for the month. This includes Beckley and Clarksburg.

Temperatures across the region started off well above normal
during the midst of a heat wave. Several sites reached at 95
degrees on the July 4th holiday. However, the last two weeks were
characterized by below normal temperatures, coinciding with the
wet pattern that set in. Still, the month as a whole was
generally normal to slightly above normal.


Below is a climatic summary for July for our climate sites...

Charleston: Monthly average temperature of 75.9 degrees, which
was 0.5 degrees above normal. There were 8 days of 90 degrees or
higher. Monthly precipitation total of 8.73 inches, which was
4.94 inches above normal.


Huntington: Monthly average temperature of 76.2 degrees, which
was 0.5 degrees above normal. There were 7 days of 90 degrees or
higher. Monthly precipitation total of 6.52 inches, which was
1.97 inches above normal.


Parkersburg: Monthly average temperature of 75.8 degrees, which
was 1.4 degrees above normal. There were 7 days of 90 degrees or
higher. Monthly precipitation is missing due to several days of
technical issues at the reporting site.


Clarksburg: Monthly average temperature of 75.3 degrees, which
was 2.8 degrees above normal. There were 10 days of 90 degrees or
higher. Monthly precipitation total of 2.83 inches, which was 2.82
inches below normal.


Elkins: Monthly average temperature of 70.3 degrees, which was
0.3 degrees above normal. Monthly precipitation total of 7.45
inches, which was 2.09 inches above normal.


Beckley: Monthly average temperature of 71.8 degrees, which was
1.2 degrees above normal. Monthly precipitation total of 3.98
inches, which was 1.05 inches below normal.

The lowest temperature observed at our climate sites was 48
degrees at elkins on the morning of July 8th. The warmest
temperature observed at out climate sites was 95 degrees at
Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, and Clarksburg on the
afternoon of July 4th.

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