The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) released their official statewide statistics for July earlier this week. The data showed what a remarkably cool July most of the lower 48 states experienced. Six states, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia all recorded their coldest Julys on record. Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri and Kentucky all finished with their 2nd coldest July. Locally North Dakota as a whole recorded the 5th coldest July on record and Minnesota their 3rd.
NCDC has been recording such statistics since 1895 so it was indeed a very unique month historically for such a large portion of the United States to experience such temperature anomalies. On the opposite extreme, Texas, the southwest and extreme western part of the country experienced well above average temperatures with Arizona experiencing there 3rd warmest July in the last 115 years.