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A chilly July

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It's 64 degrees outside as we type this-- damn near jacket weather. Is it just us, or has this been an usually cool summer?

Tuns out, it's not just us. July saw the Midwest's coolest average temperature, according to measurements by the Midwest Regional Climate Center. The nine-state region saw average mercury levels below room temperature during the hottest month of the year-- 68 degrees, about five degrees chillier than normal. Minnesota's average July temp was a scant 64.1 degrees, the third-lowest on record.

Not that we're complaining. Times are tough, and you can save a deceptively large amount of cash keeping that air conditioner switched off.

Normalcy will make a brief return tomorrow, however, with a high around 90.