Early start to summer?

June 13, 2005 at 11:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Last year, we only hit 100 degrees one time all summer. Is this going to be a much hotter summer?

That’s not clear yet. But it certainly does appear that summer is starting earlier this year. For one thing, we had our first Tropical Storm, Arlene, hit the US Gulf coast over the weekend. Hurricane season starts on June 1st. But typically, we don’t see our first Tropical Storm or Hurricane until July. So Arlene was certainly unusually early.

In May, we hit 99 degrees on May 21st and 22nd. That was 15 degrees above normal, and set records both days. More recently, temperatures in June have been averaging about three or four degrees above normal each afternoon. And because of high humidity, the morning lows have been even more above normal, generally starting out in the mid 70’s each morning, while the average for the first two weeks of June is 69.

So don’t be surprised if temperatures this summer are considerably hotter than last summer. But then that would be expected. In an average summer, we hit 100 fifteen times. And this summer is at least expected to be average, if not a bit above normal.


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