July at No. 7 in Top 10 wettest months

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

If you are feeling a little damp lately and wishing the afternoon thunderstorms would go away, well, you have good reason. 

That's because the 16.72 inches of rain measured in July by the National Weather Service's Chiefland rain gauge ranks it No. 7 in the list of the Top 10 wettest months.  We have not had such a wet month since August 1985 when 16.59 inches fell in Chiefland. 

But it is well short of the No. 1 month for rain, which was September 2004, when a memorable hurricane and tropical storm season dumped 21.39 inches in the area. 

July started off pretty wet as June was soaked by almost 7 inches of rain. 

The month started off on a record pace when on July 1, Chiefland's rain gauge at Usher Tower collected 3.92 inches, followed by 2.20 on July 2. Those are the highest measured totals for those dates according to climate data at the National Weather Service site. Another record was set for July 5 with 2.10 inches.

The only dry days were July 4, 9, 10, 16, 18, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. But that could not be said for all of Levy County as other spots registered rainfall on days when Chiefland did not. 

For those who want to know: 

• The average maximum temperature in July was 88.9 but it was not the hottest July on record. 

• The average minimum average temperature was 71.8,

•The monthly average temperature was 80.4. 

• The hottest day of the month was July 30 with a high of 93. The highest maximum temperature reached on a July day was 102 in 1992 and 1981. 

• The lowest temperature for the month was 69 on July 5 and 24. The lowest temperature recorded for a July day was 59 in 1981.