A year ago at this time, the region was entering its hottest stretch of a brutal summer.
Omaha was in the midst of 15 days in which daytime highs reached 95 degrees or higher, the city's third-longest such stretch on record.
A year ago Sunday — July 22, 2012 — the temperature hit 105 degrees, setting a new daily record and marking the start of four days of highs ranging from 103 to 106.
The extreme heat was made possible by bone-dry soil; it was Omaha's driest July on record. Only .01 inches of rain fell, the result of a stray shower moving through.
This July has been much cooler, but only a tad wetter.
Daytime highs have averaged 89 degrees, just one degree above normal for this time of year.
Precipitation has totaled 0.35 inches so far this month, well below the normal of 2.11 inches, but better than last year's near-miss of 0.01 inches.
Source: National Weather Service