If you've noticed that this past July was colder than normal, you are not alone.

More than 1,100 daily record low temperatures were broken in July nationwide, according to the National Climatic Data Center. When record afternoon low highs are considered, that number jumps to more than 3,000 records. An additional 1,200 stations tied records.

Jesse Ferrell, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com, said there were some surprising findings concerning the record low temperatures on the East Coast.

States in the Northeast and Midwest reported their lowest temperatures in the 50s and 40s this month, with 36 degrees reported in Michigan, he said.

Several cities in the Midwest reported the coldest July on record. Madison, Wis., had an average temperature of 65.7 degrees, breaking the previous record of 66.7. Cincinnati, Jackson, Ky. and Chicago also broke records.

South Bend, Ind., also broke its previous record with an average temperature of 68.3 degrees. The highest temperature failed to exceed 86 degrees in July, the second time this has happened in recorded history.

A storm over Canada dipping farther south than usual has been continually sending cold air into the United States, said Elliot Abrams, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.com.

"This persistent pattern of storms in the upper atmosphere keeps sending colder air south," he said.