|We had a lot of afternoons like this in northern Ohio this summer!|
Was this summer as "cool" as what we believe? Let's look at the chart comparing this summer's average high temperature to the summers of the recent and distant past. The first chart shows each summer since 1871. This summer is circled in BLUE. Bear with me here. I have a lot to cover so take your time.
Let's clean up the chart a bit by only showing the last 50 summers (since 1963) helping this summer stand out a bit more. It clearly shows that this summer was "cooler" than recent summers (2012, 11, 10).
Surprisingly, 18 SUMMERS HAVE HAD HIGH TEMPERATURES "COOLER" THAN 2013!
In fact, 35 of the last 50 summers were COOLER OVERALL than 2013!
What years had equal or less 90 degree days in recent memory? How about 2009, 2008, 2006, 2004 and 2000 (no 90 degree days that year)
This next chart really tells the story of this summer. I added up the days we had high temperatures below 75. While not a record, this summer was comparable to 2009 with 26 days with highs at or below 75.
Notice some of the years in the not-so-distant past: 2004, 2000, 1997, 1992, 1990 & 1985. These summers had far more "cooler" days than 2013
It looks like it. Over the last 40 years, only 10 summers had WARMER OVERNIGHTS.
Only 7 summers in the last 143 years of record keeping had more rain than this summer!