Well, sort of. Astronomical Fall doesn’t roll around for another few weeks, but Meteorological Fall is officially here. With the arrival of Meteorological Fall that must mean Meteorological Summer has come to end. It certainly has, and it has done so while making history.
Meteorological Summer consists of the months June, July and August. If you were around these parts at all during the last three months you know very well that it has been on the hot side of things. Individually these month cracked the top ten in high temperature statistics.
The numbers you will eventually see consist of averaging the daytime high with the morning lows.
Let’s start with June. Summer definitely got off to a quick start, and hot right off the bat for that matter. June was hot enough to crack the top 10 for hottest June of all time. It officially ended as the tenth hottest June of all time. July upped June in that department. Of course we had our extended heat wave that brought temps in the 90s and a ton of that tropical feel with it. All of that July heat was good enough for a tie with the 4th hottest July of all time. That leaves us with August. It started off hot with a 90 degree day and few days close to it to follow. But after those few hot days we had a pattern change. We got into a “cooler” northwest flow pattern that allowed cooler air from Canada to spill into the upper midwest. We went from the 90s to start and even got into the low 60s for a day. We were on pace for a BELOW average August in the temperature department until our late push of heat right at the end. We tied a record on the 29th as the 90s came back for a few days. We ended up finishing August .1 degrees above normal thanks to that burst of heat.
All and all, officially at the Rochester Int’l Airport, where all of the climate data is kept, we saw 19 90 degree days so far. On average we see about 9. After crunching numbers and piecing it together with climate data from the National Weather Service, we had our second hottest meteorological Summer on record. Here is the breakdown below.
If all of this is making you feel hot, here is a bonus if you want to cool down. Here are some of the changes we will experience over the next few weeks as we head through September. A little less daylight and knocking off about ten or so degrees from our average high and low. Cooler days are coming.
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This post was written by jkegges on September 2, 2012