Unseasonably cold temperature sets Western Pa. record
A record low temperature for July 29 was set early on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, beating the record from 1982 by one degree, said Bob Coblentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Moon.
The temperature at 5:02 a.m. was 51 degrees at Pittsburgh International Airport, he said.
The temperature will continue to be below normal until Friday, when it should be back on par with average temperatures, Coblentz said.
“Everybody thinks when we have a couple days of cold weather, this is just a cold summer,” he said. “It’s not.”
In Greene County, Waynesburg celebrated “Rain Day” with a street festival and the crowning of Miss Rain Day. It marked the borough’s 140th Rain Day, which is held on July 29 because it tends to rain that day more often than not.
This year, the National Weather Service forecasted partly cloudy skies and no rain. But a sprinkle did fall, as reported by the mayor and a Rain Day organizer, meaning it has failed to rain just 25 times on Rain Day.
The date has a celebrity element, too. Every year a celebrity wagers a hat that it won’t rain in Waynesburg on July 29. This year’s loser is actress Patricia Heaton of “Everybody Loves Raymond” fame.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Megan Henney is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7987 or [email protected].