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Summer chill: July one of coolest on record by Pat Brennan
Wednesday, August 4th 2010, 10:12 AM GMT
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If you think July was strangely cool in Orange County, you're right: a new analysis by the National Weather Service shows that last month was one of the coolest on record in coastal Southern California.

Highs for July ran about five degrees below normal for most of the month in Orange County, the work of stubborn low-pressure air along the coast -- with a possible El Niño-La Niña connection.

"That's pretty significant," said Weather Service meteorologist Dan Atkin. "Basically we're saying a very persistent, upper-level trough of low pressure on the coast kept temperatures below normal, and kept things cool west of the mountains."

Beaches were especially cool -- "way below normal," Atkin said -- with plenty of cloud cover to keep things gloomy.

Despite a brief interruption by a string of hot days July 15 to 18, the month saw many records tied or broken for lowest maximum temperature: 21 days in all for coastal Southern California as a whole.

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