Monday, September 23, 2013

FINAL Summer Recap - JUNE 21st thru Sept 22nd

Now that summer is official over, let's compare the actual days of this summer (full days: June 21st through September 22nd) to summers of the past. Maybe this final assessment will answer a few questions and dispel some perceptions that most of us had about this summer.

1. Was this summer as cool as what we thought?

2. Was the summer of 2013 one of the rainiest?

3. How did this summer rank when compared to recent summers?

I chose to compare 2013 to each summer since 1973 since a 40 year period is more recent in our memory. Since 1973 (last 41 summers), the summer of 2013 ranked 12th warmest. (The summers of 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012 were warmer)

Interestingly, 21 of the last 40 summers have been COOLER than this summer!

How about the number of days below 75 degrees over the last 40 years? Surely, this past summer ranks high on the list over the last 40 right?  Nope.  

2013 had 26 days below 75 degrees which ranks 20TH!

Rainfall was a different story this summer. Summer of 2013 ranked 10th ALL-TIME in rainfall.

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