Number Crunchers

June has come and gone and it's time to look back and see how things stacked up weather-wise in Charlottesville.

June is a transition time for the weather. We are putting a wrap on spring and preparing for summer. Temperatures can be blazing hot or comfortably cool. We can get torrential downpours daily from showers and thunderstorms, or the water faucet can abruptly shut off. Long story short, you never know what you're going to get!

Here's how things broke down for Charlottesville in the month of June. (All of these numbers are courtesy of McCormick Observatory at the University of Virginia)

June started out on a hot note. The first few weeks brought us many days of 90º heat, including a few days when record highs were tied or broken. Overall, our average high for the month of June was about 2º above average, while our average low for June was about 3 - 4º above average (due to many cloudy, muggy nights). Ironically, in the days leading up to the official start of summer, we got a nice break in the heat with highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s.

With regards to rainfall, an abundance of showers and thunderstorms gave us plentiful rainfall, but not as much as we would see in a "normal" June. 3.82" of rain was observed at McCormick, with an average June bringing us 4.46". Of course this represents the rain at a single point and there were many areas that saw quite a bit more rain due to the sporadic development of storms during this time of year. For the year, we are still in decent shape with respect to the rainfall totals. As of June 30, we have received 23.50" of rain, which is right on track for the date. Hopefully we can keep the rain flowing through July and August!


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