One For the Record Books

If you thought this felt like the hottest summer of all time -- then you'd be right!

All summer long it seems, I've been talking about just how high the mercury has been everyday. True, we have had periods of time where the temperatures cooled down for a few days, but for the most part it's been incredibly hot since June 1st.

For the sake of this blog, I'll be using official numbers from McCormick Observatory at the University of Virginia and "summer" will consist of June, July, and August (climatological summer). Here's how the numbers broke down...

Our average high over that three month period was an incredible 89.9°. Our average low for that same time frame was 68.5°. Averaging those two numbers gives us a summer "mean temperature" of 79.2°. That ranks as the highest mean summer temperature on record -- with the records going back to 1895. Interestingly, there are usually only fractions of degrees separating records like this, but the next hottest summer in line after 2010 is 2002, with a mean temperature of 77.9°. That's right, we topped the old record by 1.3°, which in the weather world is huge. It's comparable to the Olympics when fractions of a second typically separate the different competitors. In this case, the winner would have beaten the next faster competitor by several seconds.

If you're still keeping track of all of the 90 degree days, I have some updates there as well. As of this writing, we've now had 56 days of 90° heat this year. Our record of 90° heat in one year is 64 days, so we're getting closer to that as well. A whopping 24 days have topped 95° and 7 days have eclipsed 100° this year.

So the same year that brought us the snowiest winter on record, with more than 55" of snow, also brought us the hottest summer on record. It makes you wonder exactly what the rest of the year will bring. What do you think awaits for the upcoming fall and winter seasons? I welcome your feedback on this blog!

Brantley

 

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